Najima Castle was ocated on a peninsula projecting into Hakata Bay on the north of the estuary of the Tatara River. The castle consisted of the honmaru (main bailey), ninomaru (second bailey) and sannomaru (third bailey), ranging from west to east and extending over 900m. Built by Kobayakawa Takakage in the Sengoku Period, Najimajō was considered an impregnable castle. After the Battle of Sekigahara Kuroda Nagamasa was rewarded with lands in Chikuzen (in exchange for his control of six districts in Buzen) and established himself at Najimajō. However, Najimajō's positioning on a peninsula left limited room for expansion, and the site proved, whilst a nice defensible position for wartime, ill-suited to the role of administration in peacetime. So as to allow for the expansion of a castle town and a larger base of operations, Najimajō was abandoned in favour of Fukuokajō. Ishigaki was taken from the site and re-used at Fukuokajō. A gate which still exists at Fukuokajō called the Najimamon was also relocated from Najimajō. Najimajō is therefore the castle which preceded Fukuokajō. The shrine to Benzaiten was apparently here before the castle, and when Toyotomi Hideyoshi made a pilgrimage here in 1587 he ordered Kobayakawa to build a castle here - so the story goes.
Only the remnants of earthworks, baileys and trace amounts of ishigaki remain. A former turret platform is discernable. Now the castle's honmaru is cleared and its lower baileys contain religious structures and some houses.
|English Name||Najima Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Ishigaki (yaguradai), baileys, relocated gates|
|Features||trenches, stone walls|
|Access||Najima Station on the Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||One Hour|
|Location||Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture|
|Coordinates||33° 38' 45.49" N, 130° 25' 23.77" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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