Oka Castle 岡城
|Alternate Name||Takeda-jo, Gagyu-jo|
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ☆|
|Historical Site||National Historic Site|
|Historical Value||Top 100 Castles|
|Location||Taketa, Oita pref.|
|Access||Bungo Taketa Sta. (Houhi Line); taxi|
|Notes||not personally visited, pictures donated by Raffi. This is one of the castles I most want to see.|
|History||Oka Castle has a very long history. It was originally founded for Minamoto no Yoshitsune in 1185. Shiga Sadatomo entered the castle in 1332 and initiated many repairs and improvements. Shiga's descendents ruled Oka Castle until 1586. Nakagawa Hideshige took over the castle in 1594 and began more improvements and expansion of the castle, including building a main keep and palace. The main keep was destroyed in an earthquake during the Edo Period. The Nakagawa ruled until the Meiji Restoration when all the buildings were dismantled leaving only some of the stone walls we see today.|
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Taketa, Oita pref.