Shingu Castle

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After the battle of Sekigahara, Asano Tadayoshi was appointed governor of Kii country (Wakayama Pref.). Kumano area was far from their main castle Wakayama-jo (Wakayama City), Tadayoshi started to build his branch castle in Shingu in 1601. Construction of the castle was cancelled based on Ikkoku Ichijyo Rei (one castle per country rule) published in 1615, but later was resumed. In 1619, Asano Clan moved to Aki country then Tokugawa Yorihobu, the 10th son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, became the lord of Kii country and established Kishu domain. Kishu domain was one of the three special relative domain of Edo Shogunate along with Owari domain and Mito domain, then chief retainers were directly appointed by Edo Shogunate and they were approved to have their own castle. Mizuno Clan were given Shingu-jo. Mizuno Clan further continued the construction of the castle and finally completed in 1633. Mizuno Clan kept Shingu area along with Kishu domain, and due to the Meiji revolution Shingu-jo was abolished.

Visit Notes

It is a little far and there is not much else around but it is worth the trip out to it. There are still a lot of stonewalls left and the site is well kept up.


Castle Profile
English Name Shingu Castle
Japanese Name 新宮城
Alternate Names Tankaku-jo, Okimi-jo
Founder Asano Tadayoshi
Year Founded 1618
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Next 100 Castles, National Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period
Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Shingu Station (JR Kisei Line), walk 15 minutes.
Visitor Information Free, open any time
Time Required 90 mins
Location Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture
Coordinates 33° 43' 47.53" N, 135° 59' 33.47" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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