The view from the ruins of Gassan Toda Castle make it clear why the site was chosen for the castle.
To the north the Hirose River runs into the Nakaumi at Yasugi.
It must have looked quite different at night when the castle still stood, before the advent of electric light.
This was the second time I had slept out here, though since my first visit a structure had been built so I could sleep under a roof.
Time to head down the mountain and begin day 8 of my Izumo 33 Pilgrimage....