Sumoto Castle

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A castle was first founded on this site by Atagi Haruoki in 1526. When the Awaji area was conquered by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, he assigned Sengoku Hidehisa as lord of the castle. In 1585, Wakisaka Yasuhara was reassigned from Takatori Castle to Sumoto Castle. Wakisaka renovated much of the castle during his 24 year reign. In 1615, Awaji came under the control of the Tokushima domain and Hachisuka Yoshishige became the new lord. The castle lordship was passed to Inada Shigetane, a retainer of the Hachisuka in 1631. The Inada continued to rule until the Meiji Restoration.

Visit Notes

These pictures don't do it justice but Sumoto Castle has many impressive stone walls. It is a bit difficult to get to on public transportation but would be a worthwhile trip for anyone living in the Kansai area or castle fans with some extra time around there. The reconstructed "main keep" is really just a simple lookout tower to provide nice views. It should not be considered historically accurate nor representative of any castles.

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Castle Profile
English Name Sumoto Castle
Japanese Name 洲本城
Alternate Names Mikuma-jo
Founder Atagi Haruoki
Year Founded 1526
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Reconstructed main keep
Designations Next 100 Castles, National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Year Reconstructed 1928 (concrete)
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Awaji Highway Bus from Kobe Sannomiya to Sumoto Bus Center; 20 min walk
Visitor Information The reconstructed tower is currently closed because it needs structural repairs.
Time Required
Location Sumoto, Hyogo Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 20' 15.50" N, 134° 54' 10.33" E
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Added to Jcastle 2012
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80 months ago
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This castle may be small, but the design is cool and the view is breathtaking


92 months ago
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Due to awkward bus times to and from Awaji Island, I was only able to stay briefly at Sumoto Castle, visiting the honmaru (main bailey), but skipping the higashinomaru (eastern bailey). I’d like to go back but it’s not the easiest place to get to. That said, the superb ishigaki (stone walls) at Sumotojō made it worth visiting, even if I had to run back down the mountain to catch my bus back to Shikoku in time.