Amagasaki Castle 尼崎城
Founder Toda Ujikane
Year 1617
Type Flatland
Condition Ruins
Admin's Rating ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Location Amagasaki, Hyogo Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Amagasaki Sta (Hanshin Main Line), 5 min walk
Website Amagasaki Castle Ruins
Visited March 9, 2013
Visitor Info. Open anytime | Time Required: 15 mins
Notes There really isn't much here to see. There is just one section of a reconstructed stone wall with a earthen wall on top. Only stop if you are a serious castle fan and have some free time while in the area.
History Amagasaki Castle was built in 1617 by Toda Ujikane. It completely enclosed an earlier Sengoku period castle built by the Hosokawa clan under Hideyoshi. Amagasaki Castle was located at a strategic point where 2 rivers flow into the ocean. with boat landings in the castle grounds so boats could enter the moats directly. The castle had three baileys and three water moats that spiraled around the honmaru bailey which housed a four level main keep and large 3 level yagura. The castle was dismantled in 1873 under the Castle Abolishment act. Much of the stone in the stone walls was repurposed to make an ocean break wall.

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  • ART    March 27, 2016 at 11:48 PM
    I've been disappointed by castles before but i've never been depressed. Amagasaki castle is a landfill site. No main keep can save it. If they want to build one it'll be a waste of resources and i'll decry it. Next to the castle site is a genuine red brick warehouse structure. It looked like something from my hometown. This depressed me further. An old lady was holding a cat in a blanket on a bench infront of the reconstructed wall segment. I saw the cat's face and it was gnarly. Zero stars for this castle.
  • Anonymous    March 26, 2016 at 09:49 PM
    Looks like they're thinking about rebuilding this one by 2018.
  • GakujiT    April 25, 2015 at 07:48 PM
    The historical significance is that Araki Murashige, a daimyo of Harima (today's'so Hyogo Pref) who rebelled against Oda Nobunaga, fled to Amagasaki-Jo in an attempt to urge the Mori Clan to send reinforcements to his domain. Many were slaughtered and executed in and around Amagasaki Castle by Oda's army as it advanced west. Araki managed to escape but his whereabouts were never confirmed.
  • Eric    March 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM
    oops, not sure how that happened. It's now corrected. Thanks!
  • Ron Sabatini    March 28, 2013 at 09:58 PM
    Is this really a mountaintop castle??? :-)
  • RaymondW on My Page    March 24, 2013 at 09:46 PM
    There are some reconstructed walls at this castle ruin site, but there was no sign explaining the historical significance of the site. Also, too much of the site is fenced off and inaccessible. I would not recommend castle fans to visit this site unless you happen to be in Amagasaki. Zero stars for this site.
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Amagasaki, Hyogo Pref.
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