Bitchu Takamatsu Castle 備中高松城
Takamatsu Castle Ruins Park
Picture Donated by Phibbyfan
Founder Ishikawa
Year 16th C.
Type Flatland
Condition Ruins
Alternate Name Takamatsu Castle
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Historical Site National Historic Site
Location Okayama City, Okayama Pref.
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Access 10 min Walk from Bitchu Takamatsu Station OR Kibi Kogen Cycling Path
Visited Viewer Donated
Visitor Info. Free | Time Required: 40 minutes
Notes The ruins are located along the Kibi Kogen Cycling Path (an off-shoot of the more popular Kibiji District Cycling Path).

The main castle area is now a park but some interesting sites are the remnants of one of the water canals, the grave of the castle lord and suicide spot of his retainers, a building with information about the castle and some artifacts, and many monuments.

This castle is an excellent castle for those interested in actual battles, military strategy, and military feats.

History The original castle was built by the Ishikawa clan, one of the highest ranking retainers of the Mimura clan in nearby Matsuyama. In 1575, the Mimura and Ishikawa were conquered by the Mori who placed Shimizu Munehara as lord of the castle. During Hideyoshi's campaigns in the area in 1582, he forced Shimizu to surrender (aka: commit seppuku) after he successfully built canals to divert the Ashimori River and flood the castle grounds trapping Muneharu in his own castle. This plan was particularly successful because the castle sits in a relatively wet lowland area and the attack took during the rainy season. The castle was put under control of the Hanabusa family, retainers of the Ukita until it was decommissioned under the one castle per country law.
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  • RaymondW    August 26, 2014 at 05:09 PM
    I visited Bitchu-Takamatsu Castle Ruin the day after I went to Bitchu-Matsuyama Castle. There isn't that much to see at this site of Hideyoshi's famous "water siege". If you go in late July, the moats are filled with lotus flowers. There is also a small museum in this castle ruin / park which has some additional information about the siege.
  • furinkazan    May 03, 2012 at 09:51 PM
    I'll certainly send you some photos. Btw the first photo here is the bridge leading to the honmaru.
  • Eric    May 03, 2012 at 08:34 PM
    Furinkazan, Thanks. We can always use more photos and notes if you'd like to add to this.
  • furinkazan on My Page    May 03, 2012 at 05:44 PM
    I'm at home since monday evening. I'm still putting my photos and other stuff together from my journey in Japan. I visited this site after Kinojô. It is just 2 stations away. I intended to give this castle also to this site, damn Phibbyfan, lol. There is really not alot to see here, but i found the site interesting to visit. Actually there are 2 sites. The site of the castle and the site of the kawazugahana remnants. These are only 1km apart from each other and there are plenty of direction-signs (with english). On the site of the kawazugahana there are only explanations in japanese, but on the castle grounds there is 1 big panel with english translation. It is better to begin your visit with the kawazugahana. Just walk under the very big torii leading to the Saijo Inari shrine(you can't miss it). Turn right on the second little path to the site. From there follow the directions on the signs. You'll have to walk a little back to go to the castle remnants. It is interesting to note that the seppuku of Shimizu Munehara was the only condition for a truce between the Mori and Hashiba(later Toyotomi) Hideyoshi. Hashiba needed this truce, because he learned of the murder of Oda Nobunaga, his master, at Honnoji by Akechi Mitsuhide. He wanted to be the avenger and he did at the battle of Yamazaki. From this point Hashiba steadily grew in power to become the most prominent figure in Japan.
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Okayama City, Okayama Pref.
Bitchu Takamatsu Castle views
Takamatsu Castle Ruins Park Kawazugahana embankment
Suicide spot of lord's retainers moat
One of the canals dug to flood the castle