Itami Castle




The castle was originally built in the Nanboku-cho Period by the Itami clan. It was gradually strengthened through many battles around the area. In 1574, Araki Murashige, one of Nobunaga's allies, defeated the Itami and took over the castle.

Araki greatly expanded and fortified the castle and renamed it Arioka Castle. In 1578, Murashige betrayed Nobunaga and lost the castle in a 10 month siege. Ikeda Yukisuke became the new castle lord but the castle was abandoned when he moved to the Mino Province in 1583.

Visit Notes

Most of the walls are reconstructed with modern stone. See if you can find the grave stone in the section that is original. I'm not sure why this is designated a National Historic Site when there are much better sites working hard to get recognition.

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  • Earthen embankment
  • Earthen embankment
  • Reconstructed stone walls
  • Reconstructed stone wall
  • main bailey
  • Part of the original stone wall
  • grave stone in the wall
  • Earthen wall of the main bailey
  • Reconstructed stone wall

Castle Profile
English Name Itami Castle
Japanese Name 伊丹城
Alternate Names Arioka-jo
Founder Itami clan
Year Founded Northern and Southern Courts Period (Nanboku-cho) 1336-1392
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Itami Sta (Fukuchiyama Line), 3 mins walk
Visitor Information The park is open year round.
Time Required 20 mins
Website 8276/0003869.html
Location Itami, Hyogo Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 46' 52.46" N, 135° 25' 15.56" E
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Added to Jcastle 2013
Admin Year Visited 2013
Admin Visits March 9, 2013

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70 months ago
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The rebuilt stone walls are kinda ugly and obviously fake. If you find yourself in the neighborhood, this site might be worth a quick visit to see a small piece of original wall with a ten'yōseki (転用石).

Anonymous user #1

132 months ago
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This castle hasn't any's just a little Park!

I can't feel anything at this place.