Sotobori (outer moat) Park, as the name suggests, is a park built on the outer moat of Edo Castle. From the bank of the moat, which is completely surrounded by a tranquil atmosphere, you can see the outer moat below and Sotobori Street running outside the moat in the distance.
According to a book titled "Adventures in Castle Archaeology," European castles were protected by walls, while Japanese castles were protected by moats. It is true that the moat can be seen from the top of the bank without any obstruction. To the untrained eye, it would be very difficult to advance beyond the moat. After all, the view from the top of the bank is so good that even if the enemy were to invade the moat, it would be easy to repel them.
However, as time went by, the large moats became useless. As a result, many moats have been buried. One such moat is the Sanada Moat near Yotsuya Station, which was dug in 1636 by Nobuyuki Sanada, lord of Ueda Domain, and others.
The road leading to the moat, which used to be filled with water, descends from the bank as a long flight of stairs. Although not very steep, the stairs were long enough to remind me of the defenses of the former Edo Castle. It must be hard to climb back up these stairs after a hard day of practice.
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