Suzaki Battery

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History

The Suzaki-daiba in Fukuoka was built in 1863 as a deterrent to Anlo-European encroachment into Japanese territory. Daiba is the Japanese word for coastal artillery emplacements. If not imported it's possible that the cannon were provided by neighbouring Saga Domain as they had become adept at their manufacture. Unlike castles like Fukuokajō which essentially stopped functioning as castles - although may have hosted Imperial garrisons, Daiba continued to be used into the Meiji Period. The Suzaki-daiba was in place up until 1890. 15 guns were manned here.

Visit Notes

There's not much at the site today, which is now a park, and no longer on the sea, following land reclamation, but there remains ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts), cut and piled in the traditional way, and dorui (earthen embankments) in one corner.


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Castle Profile
English Name Suzaki Battery
Japanese Name 須崎台場
Alternate Names 福岡藩須崎台場跡
Founder Fukuoka Domain
Year Founded 1863
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period
Artifacts Ishigaki
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Tenjin Station on the Fukuoka Subway; 10 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Coordinates 33° 35' 52.76" N, 130° 23' 53.56" E
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