Obi Castle 飫肥城
Road to the Otemon
Picture Donated by Frank T.
Founder Tsuchimochi clan
Year 15th c.
Type Hilltop
Condition Other Buildings
Alternate Name Maizuru-jo
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Historical Site Local Historic Site
Historical Value Top 100 Castles
Location Nichinan City, Miyazaki Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Obi Sta. (Nichinan Line), 15 min walk
Website Nichinan City Travel
Visitor Info. 600 yen; open 9:30-16:30; closed Dec 29-31;
Notes The Obi area of Nichinan is one of many self proclaimed little Kyoto's. It has some old samurai homes, temples, warehouses, museums etc that you can also enjoy on your visit to Obi to give you a feel for the Edo Period life.
History The first castle on this site was founded by the Tsuchimochi clan during the Nanboku-cho Period, but it mostly comes into history from the mid 1400's. The Shimazu fortified this castle to prevent expansion into Obi by the Ito clan. It became a focal point of conflict between the Ito and Shimazu, but the Ito only managed to win it once in 1567. It was taken back by the Shimazu in 1572 and remained in their control until Hideyoshi's Kyushu campaigns in 1587. The Ito Clan, one of the first allies of Hideyoshi, were awarded Obi for their loyalty. The Ito started the development of the castle town. In 1686, Ito Sukezane began a major overhaul of the castle to fortify it against earthquakes and to rebuild it into a modern castle. The Ito Clan continued to rule until the Meiji Period.
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  • findlayjamie    January 02, 2017 at 04:38 PM
    A small, but very pleasant castle site, and a wonderful town around. When I was there (early August) there were hardly any people around, and most Japanese people seem hardly to have heard of this gem of a place.
  • furinkazan on My Page    April 24, 2013 at 06:31 PM
    Obi city is a nice place to visit. For 600yen you have access to 7 buildings in the area of the castle. When the lady who sold me the ticket asked me if i came with a train, i showed her my JR-Pass. She deduced 100yen from the fee, because i came with the train. The grounds of the castle are interesting and the museum on the castleground have very nice artifacts. The Matsu no maru contains a very nice reconstructed nobleman's residence. If you have time try to spend certainly half a day in this little city.
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Nichinan City, Miyazaki Pref.
Obi Castle views
Road to the Otemon Otemon from behind
Path to the Obi Castle History Museum old honmaru
Path up to the Matsuo no Maru View of the elementary school on the grounds of the honmaru from the Matsuo no Maru
Obi Castle History Museum Part of Yoshokan, the residence of the Ito family
North Gate North Gate