Kubota Castle 久保田城
|Structure||Reconstructed turret, one original building|
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆|
|Historical Value||Top 100 Castles|
|Location||Akita City, Akita Pref.|
|Access||Akita Sta. (Oou Line); 10 min walk|
|Website||Kubota Castle Osumiyagura Museum|
|Visitor Info.||100 yen, closed Dec 1 to March 19 | Time Required: 1 hour|
|Notes||The castle is well known for being mainly built from large earthen embankments. There is very little stonework and mainly just to fortify some baily foundations. You can still see several of the yagura foundations even though no structures remain today.|
|History||Satake Yoshinobu was moved from the Mito area to Akita after the Battle of Sekigahara. He built Kubota Castle in 1604. It's said that Satake never built a main keep nor any 3 level yagura so that he wouldn't attract the ire of the Tokugawa. On the other hand, Mito Castle had no main keep nor large yagura either. Another theory is that he just couldn't afford an extravagant main keep. Even so, the design and foundation of the castle made it a strong fortification. Most of the buildings burned down in a fire in 1880.|
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Akita City, Akita Pref.