Suou Nagayama Castle
It is not known when Nagayamajō was first constructed, but in 1588 the Mōri Clan installed Jinbo Mototada as castellan. In 1596 Nagayamajō was expanded under Mōri Hidemoto as his residence. In 1600, following the Battle of Sekigahara, the Mōri's territory was reduced and Mōri Hidemoto moved to Kushizakijō in Chōfu.
Interestingly, from 1900 the site of Nagayamajō became a sculpture park full of statues of Mōri clansmen. They were melted down for their materials during the war, but the one of Mōri Tadachika was rebuilt in 1980.
I saw this hilltop site from Kōnominejō; Nagayamajō is now a park. No ruins remain, other than the general shape of the castle mount itself perhaps. There is an explanation board about the castle.
|English Name||Suou Nagayama Castle|
|Year Founded||1558 or earlier|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Kita-Yamaguchi Station on the Yamaguchi Line; 12 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Free; 24/7; Park|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 10' 50.52" N, 131° 28' 24.71" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|