Kuwana Castle 桑名城
Reconstructed Banryu Yagura
Picture Donated by Raymond W.
Founder Hionda Tadakatsu
Year 1601
Type Flatland
Condition Other Buildings
Alternate Name Ougi Castle
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Historical Site Prefectural Historic Site
Location Kuwana, Mie Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Kuwana Sta. (Kansai Line); 20 min walk
Website Kuwana City - Kuwana Castle
Visitor Info. open any time | Time Required: 30 mins
Notes Photos by Jcastle user RaymondW
History In the Sengoku Period, three nearby castles (Higashi Castle, Nishi Castle, Misaki Castle) made up what was known as the Three Castles of Kuwana. After Nobunaga conquered the area, the three castles were ruled together under both Nobunaga and then Hideyoshi. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Honda Tadakatsu was given command of Kuwana and built present day Kuwana Castle roughly on the site of the Higashi Castle. Honda spent 10 years building up a prosperous castle town and a massive castle that made use of three rivers to create moats. At it's peak, the castle had 3 three level yagura, 24 two level yagura, 24 connected yagura, 12 tamon (one level) yagura and 46 gates. It sat at a vital point overseeing the Tokaido Road and the only section of waterway along the the course.

In 1617, Tadakatsu's son Tadamasa, the 2nd lord of Kuwana Castle, was transferred to Himeji and Matsudaira Sadashige became the new lord of Kuwana Castle. Matsudaira lords ruled over Kuwana Province from Kuwana Castle until the Meiji Resoration. After the Boshin War, the castle was dismantled and much of the stone walls were used to build the port at Yokkaichi.

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