Fushimi Castle 伏見城
Fushimi Castle donjon
Picture Donated by Raymond W.
Founder Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Toyotomi
Year 1594
Type Flatland
Condition Reconstructed
Reconstructed 1964 (concrete)
Admin's Rating ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Location Kyoto
Map Google Map
Access Momoyama Station (JR Nara Line)
Notes According to my sources, the castle/museum is now closed and no longer open to the public.
History

The mock castle you see in the pictures here was built on this spot because the original location of Fushimi Castle is on Imperial property and cannot be entered.

It seems Fushimi Castle was never destined to have a successful life. The original Fushimi Castle was founded in 1594 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Just one year later it was destroyed in a great earthquake. Hideyoshi commanded another castle to be built near this location. He died a couple years after its completion. Tokugawa Ieyasu then moved into the castle which was destroyed in a battle before the battle of Sekigahara. He rebuilt the castle again only to have it dismantled as a part of his own one castle per country laws. Some of the buildings, yagura, and stone walls were repurposed to other castles and temples around the area including Fukuyama Castle, Yodo Castle and Osaka Castle.

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  • suupaahiiroo    January 31, 2017 at 05:39 PM
    From 18 February to 25 June 2017, there is a special archaeological exhibition about Yodo Castle and Fushimi Castle. The exhibition is free and will be held at Kyoto City Archaeological Museum. For more info (in Japanese) see http://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/bunshi/page/0000213675.html
  • suupaahiiroo    October 26, 2016 at 09:30 PM
    To add to what Matt said (April 16, 2011): another one of the 'blood roofs' (血天井 chitenjō) with floorboards from Momoyama Castle can be found in Shōden-ji (正伝寺) in Northern Kyoto. According to the temple's leaflet scientists found out that the blood was left on the panels at least 368 years ago. It's quite a macabre sight: one can make out the shape of hands quite clearly. The dry landscape garden (枯山水 karesansui) at Shōden-ji is also lovely, so the temple is definitely worth a visit.
  • Laura    October 09, 2015 at 03:07 PM
    I went to see this castle at the end of August in 2015. You have to walk for a bit to get there from the station, it may be a little tough. When you arrive there you see the gate and the two towers reconstructed. It's very pretty and tourists are very few, so you can relax a bit up there and enjoy the silence and the view, but the impression is that everything is left abandoned. If you look at the structures (closed, of course), you'll notice they need some maintainance. The garden is not so well maintained as you can see in the picture posted here and the grass grows wild... but that's a nice place.
  • RonS    December 31, 2014 at 05:11 PM
    The actual castle site is nearby, but separate from the reconstructed tenshu. It is within the grounds of the Emperor Meiji's tomb and, as sacred ground, is closed to the public.
  • Aidanno    December 24, 2014 at 08:42 PM
    I'm surprised though that this one isn't opened. The historic battle that took place here was quite big and dramatic. I imagine a lot of Japanese castle fans (and foreign) would want to visit.
  • RonS    December 24, 2014 at 02:03 AM
    Thanks Chris!
  • Chris    December 23, 2014 at 11:11 AM
    I went inside in 1994. It wasn't a great display, but it wasn't bad, certainly it was better than Nagoya Castle's display in '94. (Thankfully Nagoya Castle has greatly enhanced its interior.)
  • RonS    December 07, 2014 at 11:23 PM
    Jorma-san, I can tell you with 99.99% certainty that because this mock up was built of concrete in 1964 the interior has all the beauty and charm of a city or ward office. We most likely aren't missing anything by not being able to go inside except perhaps the view from the top. The very best I can imagine is something like the interiors of Osaka or Nagoya Castles' keeps. I hope I'm wrong, but long experience with post war Showa Period reconstructions (especially from the 60s!!!) makes that a very very VERY long shot.
  • jorma.driel on My Page    November 12, 2014 at 06:13 AM
    A pity that this castle is closed because as the inside is probably as beautiful as the outside. It is worth a visit: have walk around and enjoy the beauty of the castle from the outside. And very close to this place there are some good Sake breweries in Fushimi.
  • Goldenboy Project    May 27, 2014 at 08:20 AM
    Visited in October 2013. Nice castle. I like the red color. But no way inside. Thats lame. I mean. The castle in Komaki is open, and this is a really small castle.
  • Yoko-chan90 on My Page    May 20, 2014 at 09:06 AM
    Visited: 11 May 2014 ☆ Really beautiful from the outside, but unfortunately still closed to public...
  • Raffi    November 01, 2012 at 07:43 PM
    Still closed to the public as of Sept 2012
  • a22cricket on My Page    June 13, 2011 at 10:44 PM
    Nice mock up in the middle of a park. Good for photographs in the evening and relaxing walks in the amazingly well kept park.
  • a22cricket    June 13, 2011 at 10:42 PM
    I had to see this one for myself. An abandoned mock castle in the middle of a park, well hidden from most people. The nearest station is only 11 minutes from Kyoto Station. Basically, a nice park with a concrete castle in it. I'd recommend this as a side trip from nearby Inari Shrine or Kyoto if you are not in the mood to head home or to your hotel right away. The exterior is still in good shape and makes for some good pictures in the early evening around sunset.
  • Matt    April 16, 2011 at 02:10 PM
    I used to live about 3 stations away from this castle and visited it a bunch of times. In the evenings they would light up the walls of the castle which looked amazing from the distance. The interior was not as well executed as the exterior unfortunately. One thing that I thought was very interesting about this castle is that part of the orginal flooring of Fushimi Castle graces the Yōgen-in temple in Kyoto as a 'bloody roof' and you can make out the imprints of where the blood congealed and stained the wood around the pro-Tokugawa samurai who committed sepukku. I also believe another temple in Ohara (I can't remeber the name) uses part of the floor as a roof too.
  • RaymondW    February 04, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    I went to this castle again on the way back from Yamato-Koriyama Castle. There is now a sign out in Japanese just in front of the closed main door to the castle keep stating that it is closed, but visitors are welcome to enjoy the garden and the exterior views of the castle.
  • Alamo6400    January 07, 2011 at 10:48 AM
    the toyotomi ruled this castle I thought the tokugawa ruled fushimi castle
  • furinkazan on My Page    October 21, 2010 at 07:32 PM
    I went here after Shoryuji castle. I completely agree with Raymond. It is a very nice reconstruction. It should be a 1,5 star, but this is not possible, so i give it 2 stars. It is closed, but i don't even know if it opens for the public. Perhaps on special occasions.
  • RaymondW on My Page    October 09, 2010 at 09:50 AM
    I gave it two stars based on its appearance from the outside. You cannot go inside as it is closed and has not been opened the few times that I have been there. As a reconstructed castle keep, it is no worse and certainly better looking than some others. Of course, if you factor in authenticity and historical location, then it is only a one star castle.
  • Lynden C    January 15, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    I went to Momoyama last summer on a special trip to see Fushimi-jo. Unfortunatly when I arrived on a public holiday without realizing it and the Donjon it's self was closed. I walked the grounds and I was inspired by how bold and elegant the structure was.
  • Raymond    November 09, 2008 at 12:16 PM
    This is a pretty decent reconstructed castle to visit. I've just got back from there a few hours ago. It is so easy to get there for people living in or near Kyoto City. Of course, it is not in its original location, and there is none of the original fortifications like fortified towers, wells, and gates that you will find at other castle sites, but for a reconstructed castle keep, it is no worse than other concrete keeps (as seen from the outside) like Fukuyama, Hiroshima, and Imabari Castle. The autumn leaves are showing now, and it is a good place to visit and take a few piccies. The castle itself is closed to the public, but you can stroll around in its garden and take photos of the keep from various angles. The best thing about it is that it's free. I reckon this castle deserves another star. For castle geeks, you can easily do this and Koriyama Castle Ruins in Nara in one day as both places are located near train stations on the same Kintetsu Line about an hour apart.
  • John Andrews    May 27, 2008 at 02:12 PM
    Hello, Just got back from Japan and I did visit this castle and it's closed to the public. Still worth a visit though! I went on a week day and there was hardly anyone there so it's a good chance to get some excellent pics!
  • Anonymous    April 17, 2008 at 01:06 AM
    interesting
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Fushimi Castle views
Fushimi Castle donjon Fushimi castle donjon
main keep A reconstructed yaguramon gate.
main keep Daitenshu
Kotenshu Entrance of main donjon