Kubota Castle

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History

Satake Yoshinobu was moved from the Mito area to Akita in 1602 after the Battle of Sekigahara. He first moved into Minato Castle, but it was small with poor defenses so he built Kubota Castle in 1604. It's said that Satake never built a main keep nor any 3 level yagura so that he wouldn't attract the ire of the Tokugawa. Another theory is that he just couldn't afford an extravagant main keep. Even so, the castle had eight 2 story corner yagura and a large palace. Most of the buildings burned down in a fire in 1880. The Satake continued to rule until the Meiji Restoration.

Visit Notes

The castle is well known for being mainly built from large earthen embankments. There is very little stonework and that os mainly to fortify some foundations. The large main keep looking building is a museum and is not an accurate representation of an Edo Period yagura. The Omotemon Gate however was faithfully reconstructed in 2001. The Omonogashira Gobansho (guard house) is the only remaining original structure on the site. The castle was much bigger and more interesting that I expected. The earthen embankments around each Bailey are in interesting feature and I tried to highlight them in some of the photos here.

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Castle Profile
English Name Kubota Castle
Japanese Name 久保田城
Founder Satake Yoshinobu
Year Founded 1603
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations Top 100 Castles
Historical Period Edo Period
Artifacts Omonogashi Gobansho
Features gates, turrets, water moats, trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Akita Sta. (Oou Line); 10 min walk
Visitor Information Osumiyagura Museum is open 9-4:30, closed Dec 1 to March 31; 100 yen
Time Required 90 mins
Website https://www.city.akita.lg.jp/kanko/kanrenshisetsu/1002685/1009870/index.html
Location Akita City, Akita Prefecture
Coordinates 39° 43' 25", 140° 7' 24"
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Year Visited 2018
Visits May 10, 2018
Added to Jcastle 2011

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FurinkazanHatamoto

43 months ago
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After visiting the Jomon/Yayoi settlement, by name Jizoden Yoyoikko, i went to this castle. There isn't alot to see here. The guardhouse was interesting but i was dissapointed by the Osumiyagura. There is only a model of the castle in its heyday and the view from the top floor. 100¥ isn't a lot of money too. I visited also the Satake historical museum. Entry fee also 100¥. This was really rewarding. There are numerous artifacts such as armors, jinbaori(=jacket worn over the armor) and hata(=flags). The castle-site is a beautiful garden and somehow this is also a problem. The trees hide a lot of the embankments.