Nakamura Castle




In 1468, during the turmoil of the Onin War, Ichijo Norifusa left Kyoto for Nakamura. When Norifusa was named lord of Tosa, the small village of Nakamura was made the capital of the Tosa domain. It remained so for about a century until 1573 when Chosokabe Motochika banished Lord Ichijo's descendents to Kyushu. The castle was renovated in 1613 by Yamauchi Masatoyo (also known as Yoshitoyo). It was demolished in 1615 in accordance with the edict which required that each domain should only be allowed one castle.

Visit Notes

I walked to the castle from Nakamura station. The last 560 meters are a steep climb, but not difficult. You should know that the station is a non-JR one. I took a Limited Express Nanpù on the JR Dosan Line. Some of these go to Nakamura, but from Kubokawa Station to Nakamura you're riding on the tracks of the Tosa Kuroshio Railway company. Even with a JR-pass you'll have to pay for this section. (1460yen)

The present main keep was built in 1965 as a local history museum. This keep is a mock reconstruction and doesn't stand on the spot of the original keep. The former castle-grounds are the Tamematsu-kôen (park). There are some panels around the site with a description of what stood there when the castle was in use (even in English).

  • main keep
  • main keep
  • view form the main keep
  • view from the main keep
  • Location of the original main keep
  • site of the original keep
  • ruins of Higashi-no-jô (east castle)

Castle Profile
English Name Nakamura Castle
Japanese Name 中村城
Alternate Names Tamematsu-jo
Founder Ichijo Norifusa
Year Founded 1468
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Reconstructed main keep
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Year Reconstructed 1965(concrete)
Features main keep, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Nakamura Sta. (Tosa Kuroshio Line); 30 min walk
Visitor Information open : 08:30 to 17:00 closed on Dec 31 and Jan 1 admission fee : 310yen
Time Required
Location Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture
Coordinates 32° 59' 48.59" N, 132° 55' 50.45" E
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Added to Jcastle 2012
Contributor Furinkazan
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