Ikeda Castle 池田城
Founder Ikeda Noriyori
Year 1334
Type Hilltop
Condition Reconstructed
Reconstructed 1999
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Location Ikeda City, Osaka
Map Google Map
Access Hankyu Ikeda Sta., 15 min walk
Website Ikeda City Sightseeing
Visited Viewer Donated
Visitor Info. Free admission;, closed Tuesdays and New Year's holidays; open 900-1700 (Nov.-Mar.) and 900-1900 (Apr.-Oct.)
Notes The reconstructed buildings are mock reconstructions of the type that might have been here in the late Sengoku Period.
History The castle was originally a small fortification built by Ikeda Noriyori in 1334. The Ikeda clan ruled the area from this time through to the Sengoku Period. The castle was involved in many battles and struggles for power in the area and gradually grew in size and strength with each. The castle fell to Oda Nobunaga in 1568. Nobunaga recognized the skills and intelligence of Ikeda Katsumasa, lord of the castle and made him a retainer. Ikeda rebuilt and strengthened much of the castle learning from Nobunaga's castle techniques. Araki Murashige took over the castle in a coup in 1570 and expelled Ikeda Katsumasa from the castle. The castle was abandoned in 1580 when Araki moved to Itami Castle.
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  • furinkazan on My Page    April 29, 2013 at 07:21 PM
    What can i add to the comment of RaymondW. There is a drawing in the tower showing how the castle really looked in the Sengoku-jidai. This is a lovely park to go.
  • RaymondW on My Page    September 23, 2012 at 02:38 PM
    I went to this castle last week. It takes around 20 minutes from Hankyu Umeda to Ikeda if you take the express train which misses a bunch of stations between Umeda and Toyonaka. Ikeda Castle doesn’t have much in the way of original ruins apart from some foundation stones laid out in the middle of the castle park, but what it lacks in original structures / ruins is made up for by having a bunch reconstructed defensive structures from the Sengoku period . Within the park, there are three styles of gates: three yakui-mons, one kabuki-mon, and one heijuu-mon. The kabuki-mon is built on the site where the archaeologists have undercovered the remains of a castle gate (koguchi). Leading to the Otemon (a yakui-mon) is a wooden bridge. The castle park is also enclosed by two types of walls: the white-wash type and the plain wooden type. Situated in the middle of the park next to a pond is the wooden castle keep shown in the photos on this website. Once again, this reconstruction is in line with earlier smaller Sengoku castle keeps / lords’ palace with a turret. Overall, if you have an hour to spare and enjoy walking around a small castle park, this site is certainly worth a visit. There is one sign at the end of the bridge which is multi-lingual (Japanese / English / Chinese / Korean), and it gives a decent introduction to the castle site. All the other (more detailed) signs and displays are in Japanese. For me, this castle site is worth two stars because of the reconstructed gates and castle keep.
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Ikeda City, Osaka
Ikeda Castle views
Mock reconstructed main keep Main keep and The MInamimon Gate
Koguchimon Gate Reconstructed wooden wall
Main keep seen through the Koguchimon Reconstructed walls seen from the inside
Higashimon Gate Wooden Bridge
Kitamon Gate Wooden bridge seen from below
Main keep Main keep
View from the top of the main keep Map