Akita Castle is one of a series of the josaku fortifications built in the Tohoku region by the Yamato Court to help bring the northeast region under their control. Akita Castle was the location of the Dewa provincial government and was an important point for trade between the interior settlements and those of the coast and even trade with Russia. It was abandoned in 1050 after the Former Nine Year's War.
This is quite an interesting castle to visit. I was pleasantly surprised. There are plenty of signs and maps to describe the site. There are foundation stones were different buildings stood and you get a good feel for what the site was like. I would not have wnated to be the poor souls living near the toilet, however, no matter how unique it was!
There are a few different busses from Akita Station that will take you near the castle. It's best to ask at the station which is best based on the time. You can easily visit Akita Castle, Kubota Castle and the nearby Kurosawa Residence in a day.
|English Name||Akita Castle|
|Year Founded||c. 733|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Akita Sta. (Oou Line); 20 min bus|
|Visitor Information||museum open 9am to 4pm; closed Dec 1 to March 31|
|Time Required||90 mins|
|Location||Akita City, Akita Prefecture|
|Coordinates||39° 44' 25.40" N, 140° 4' 46.88" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2012|
|Admin Year Visited||2018|
|Admin Visits||May 10, 2018|