Hachinohe Castle

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After the Hachinohe Nanbu clan moved to Tohno, Nanbu Toshinao from the Morioka Nanbu moved to Hachinohe and started work on this new castle. Formally, the castle was a jinya because Toshinao did not have "castle lord" credentials under the Tokugawa system. Regardless of the size or structure of the castle it was considered a jinya for lords without castle rights. In 1838, Nanbu Nobumasa, received castle lord credentials. He made many renovation plans but was never able to follow through on them.

The gate in the above picture is an original from 1797. It was the gate for the Sumigoten palace. It is is a huge munamon style gate (no support pillars in the rear) which is quite rare since it should be unstable.

Visit Notes

This was just a side stop since I had some extra time in Hachinohe after visiting Ne Castle. There is not much to see so only stop if you are in Hachinohe with some free time.

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  • Part of the Honmaru bailey
  • monument to Hachinohe Castle

Castle Profile
English Name Hachinohe Castle
Japanese Name 八戸城
Alternate Names Hachinohe Jinya
Founder Nanbu Toshinao
Year Founded 1627
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features gates
Visitor Information
Access Honhachinohe Sta. (Hachinohe Line); 5 min walk
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website http://www.pref.aomori.lg.jp/culture/juho kenzoubutu/07.html
Location Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture
Coordinates 40° 30' 50.04" N, 141° 29' 17.81" E
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Added to Jcastle 2010
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2010
Admin Visits May 21, 2010

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41 months ago
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Updated to yellow; jin'ya gate.


76 months ago
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My notes overlap with Eric's but I share them anyway...

Usually if there are two castles in a town then the older Sengoku Period one is nothing but overlooked ruins. However, in Hachinohe's case the vast Sengoku Period castle site, Nejō, has been faithfully restored and its earthworks are well intact. Whereas little remains of the later Edo Period castle, Hachinohejō, from where the town takes its name today. Hachinohe-jin'ya was built in 1627. It had an inner and outer moat, but, not having the status of "castle," no tower was built. Hachinohe-jin'ya became the headquarters of Hachinohe-han (Domain) in 1664. Jin'ya were fortified administration centers. In 1838, Hachinohe-han was upgraded in rank by the shogunate and Hachinohejō officially came into being as a castle. Plans were drawn up to expand the castle but they never came to fruition, probably owing to the constrained financial situation of the domain. In 1871 the Meiji government ordered the castle destroyed. The only surviving structure at Hachinohejō is a grand old gate, the Sumigo'ten Omotemon, built in the munamon style, dating to 1797. The gate was maintainedas a part of the resident of the Nanbu Clan's descendants. Today the site of Hachinohejō is a park and a shrine.


171 months ago
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A fairly minor Edo Period castle, but it has an unusually large original munamon style gate.