Yoshida Shigeharu was given the Hamada domain for his success at the Battle of Sekigahara and moved here from Matsuzaka (Mie Pref.) in 1619. The Hamada domain was an important domain held closely by Tokugawa allies as a defense against the Mouri in the Choshu region. The castle and castle town were completed in 1623. After Yoshida, the castle was briefly ruled by the Matsudaira, Honda, and then back to the Matsudaira again, where it stayed until the end of the Edo Period. In 1866 the Hamada Domain formed the center of the second Choshu Incursion by the Tokugawa. The Hamada forces lost badly and set fire to the castle before fleeing. The castle was never rebuilt.
This is a surprisingly nice little castle. Well preserved stone walls and excellent signage makes it an enjoyable stop. It's a bit out of the way from anywhere you might normally go but it's a worthy half day trip if you are visiting the area. You can get a direct bus from Hiroshima to Hamada which is faster than trains and could also set you up for excursions into Tsuwano and Hagi.
|English Name||Hamada Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles, Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Features||gates, trenches, stone walls|
|Access||Hamada Sta. (San'in Line), 25 min walk or 10 min bus + 5 min walk|
|Visitor Information||open any time, enter the grounds through the shrine and go towards the right not to the main shrine area.|
|Time Required||45 mins|
|Location||Hamada, Shimane Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 54' 10", 132° 4' 24"|
|Visits||November 23, 2014|
|Added to Jcastle||2015|