After losing at the Battle of Sekigahara (1600), Shimazu Yoshihiro built this castle to help protect his lands from the Eastern forces. It was abandoned in 1615 under the "one castle per country" law.

Visit Notes

The keep houses a local history museum. There is no English, but the park is nice. The main keep you see in these photos is a mock reconstruction for the museum. There was no such structure on this site.

  • Mock reconstructed main keep and gate
  • Mock reconstructed main keep and gate
  • Map

Castle Profile
English Name Amagajo
Japanese Name 天ヶ城
Alternate Names Takaoka-jo
Founder Shimazu Yoshihiro
Year Founded 1600
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Reconstructed main keep
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Year Reconstructed 1993
Features main keep, gates, turrets, stone walls, walls
Visitor Information
Access Miyazaki Sta. (Nippo Line), Bus, 15 min walk
Visitor Information 9:00-4:30, no entry fee; museum closed Mondays, the day following a national holiday, and 12/29-1/3
Time Required 30-40 minutes
Location Takaoka-cho, Miyazaki Prefecture
Coordinates 31° 57' 40.46" N, 131° 17' 36.82" E
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Added to Jcastle 2012
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