Hitoyoshi Castle 人吉城
Tamon Yagura
Picture Donated by Frank T.
Founder Sagara Nagayori
Year 1198
Type Hilltop
Condition Other Buildings
Alternate Name Kuma-jo, Mikazuki-jo, Sengetsu-jo
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Historical Site National Historic Site
Historical Value Top 100 Castles
Location Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Hitoyoshi Sta. (Hisatsu Line); 10 min walk
Website Hitoyoshi Recommended Sites
Notes Extensive ruins. Hitoyoshi Castle has a nice combination of buildings and stone walls for any castle fan.
History The original Hitoyoshi Castle was founded by Sagara Nagayori in 1198. From this time, the Sagara made Hitoyoshi their home for 35 generations. The first evidence of a Sengoku Period castle appears in 1470 when Sagara Tametsugu was lord. In 1589 Sagara Nagatsune began a large scale renovation of the castle. The baileys and main structures were completed in 1601 and the stone walls were completed in 1644. An interesting feature of this castle is that it made use of the Kumagawa River as the outer moat and built in many boat landings to increase water traffic and trade. The castle was dismantled in 1872 and only the stone walls remain. Recent reconstruction efforts have rebuilt two yagura and a gate.
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  • furinkazan on My Page    April 21, 2013 at 07:51 PM
    The weather was nice today, not like yesterday, and this made the visit to this site more interesting. It is a nice park to stroll around and the reconstructed buildings are well done. In the little museum you'll find the nihon 100 meijo stamp.
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