During the Nanboku-chô period (1336-1392), Kono Michimori moved the clans' home base from Kono-Gun to Yuzuki Castle in Dogo which was a more prosperous area. Despite intervention by the Hosokawa and internal family disputes, the clan served the Ashikaga Shogun family, and was allied with neighboring clans including the Ouchi, Otomo and Mori. Around 1535, Kono Michinao constructed the outer moat of the castle thus giving it two large moats and increasing its defences. He also strengthened his relationship with Murakami Michiyasu, son-in-law and pirate leader of the Inland Sea (Kurushima). In 1585, another Michinao (Ushifukumaru), the last heir, surrendered the castle to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. This was the end of the Kono clan in Iyo. Yuzuki Castle was briefly ruled by Fukushima Masanori until it was abandoned.
This castle was much more interesting than I had expected. The reconstructed buildings have been done very well and help you to imagine what a castle from that time would have been like. From the top of the hill you can also get a good view of Matsuyama Castle and the surrounding area.
|English Name||Yuzuki Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Features||gates, samurai homes, water moats, trenches, walls|
|Access||Matsuyama Sta (Yosan Line); streetcar 20 min to Dogo Kouen-mae stop|
|Visitor Information||Park: open year round, free admission
Facilities : open from 09:00 to 17:00; closed on Mondays (when monday falls on a national holiday, the next day will be closed), December 29th-january 3rd; admission free
|Time Required||45 mins|
|Location||Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture|
|Coordinates||33° 50' 51", 132° 47' 10"|
|Visits||February 26, 2016|
|Added to Jcastle||2012|