Kitsuki Castle




The castle was founded in 1393 by Kitsuki Yorinao. In 1599, the castle came under the control of Hosokawa Tadaoki. The main keep burned down after a lightning strike in 1608 and was never rebuilt. The Hosokawa were transferred to Kumamoto in 1632 and the Ogasawara Tadatomo became the new castle lord. Matsudaira Hidechika became lord of the castle in 1645 and the Matsudaira family continued to rule until the Meiji Restoration.

Visit Notes

Nice view of the surrounding area.

Profile and photos contributed by Frank T.


Castle Profile
English Name Kitsuki Castle
Japanese Name 杵築城
Alternate Names Katsuyama-jo, Gagyu-jo
Founder Kitsuki Yorinao
Year Founded 1393
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Reconstructed main keep
Historical Period Edo Period
Main Keep Structure 3 levels, 3 storeys
Year Reconstructed 1970 (concrete)
Features main keep, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Kitsuki Sta. (JR Nippo line), bus
Visitor Information
Time Required
Location Kitsuki, Oita Prefecture
Coordinates 33° 24' 53.10" N, 131° 37' 39.61" E
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Added to Jcastle 2011
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Kiddus i2003Gunshi

110 months ago
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Small but in a great location , a bonus is the Buke Yashiki area nearby.


136 months ago
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The building is a simple concrete museum, but what did my day is that you are allowed to take pictures of everything inside, and there are some very interesting artifacts. The view from the tower is marvelous. When i arrived at the station i was lucky to encounter an old japanese tourist who was looking to get to the castle. When he saw he had to wait for a bus he adressed a taxi. He heard that i was looking to go to the castle and asked me to go with him. I agreed and he insisted to pay the full fee of the taxi. He spoke english and he was a great token in the castle and after that we went to the samurai residences in the vicinity. Kitsuki is known to have alot of bukeyashiki(=samurai-residences) and i confirm that the streets are interesting to visit.