Kawashima Castle

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Kawashima Koretada, a Miyoshi clansman, built Kawashima Castle on a 50m hill overlooking the Yoshino River in 1573. After Toyotomi’s forces had conquered Shikoku, and Hachisuka Iemasa was appointed the Lord of Awa (present day Tokushima Prefecture), Kawashima Castle became one of Hachisuka’s Nine Castles of Awa. In 1585, Hachisuka stationed 300 soldiers at the castle under the command of Hayashi Tadakatsu to watch over the western part of Awa. Kawashima Castle was demolished in 1615 after the implementation of the One Province One Castle Edict.

Visit Notes

This castle is about 8 minutes walk from JR Awakawashima Station on the JR Tokushima Line. The concrete castle keep built in 1981 is nothing like the original, and the interior is completely modern with glass windows and painted white walls. Entry is free and on the top floor, there are a couple of suits of replica samurai armour and period clothes.

Profile and photos by JCastle user RaymondW.

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  • View from the main keep.
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Castle Profile
English Name Kawashima Castle
Japanese Name 川島城
Alternate Names Kitano Castle
Founder Kawashima Koretada
Year Founded 1573
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Reconstructed main keep
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Year Reconstructed 1981
Features main keep, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Awakawashima Sta. (Tokushima Line), 8 min walk
Visitor Information Free.
Time Required 30 minutes
Website http://www.city.yoshinogawa.lg.jp/docs/2010100700821/
Location Yoshinogawa, Tokushima Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 3' 58.18" N, 134° 19' 13.19" E
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Added to Jcastle 2013
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92 months ago
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Whilst the mock reconstructed keep here is pretty, it’s not historically accurate and there’s nothing else to see. I didn’t have time to hang around and wait for the museum to open so I don’t know if the exhibitions redeem it. This was the only low point of my Shikoku trip, but I still find something incredibly intriguing about random castle towers in the middle of the countryside or residential areas. Whilst the typical museum architecture of the West is Greaco-Roman, in Japan in many cases a “symbolic” castle tower will serve as a museum. These mock reconstructions usually announce themselves by their plain glass windows.