Saiki Castle




Mori Takamasa built Saiki Castle in 1606. The Wakamiya Shrine (originally built in 1180) was moved from the top of the mountain in 1604 to accomodate the building of the castle.

For a fiefdom of 20,000 koku, Mori's castle was rather large. Centered around a 3 story main keep it was fortified by 5 two story yagura, a one story yagura, and 7 gates. The main keep burned down in 1617 not long after it was completed. Besides one gate, the only remnants of the castle are some stone walls on the mountain. 12 Generations of Mori ruled from Saiki Castle until the coming of the Meiji Period.

This picture is of the stairs leading to the top of the foundation the Honmaru sat on (the stairs face east, and lead up to the west)

Visit Notes

Pictures and descriptions donated by Samurai Archives

  • Mt. Shiroyama
  • path around the base of the ninomaru
  • path to the ninomaru.
  • wall near the Kitanomaru
  • stairs leading to the Honmaru
  • Wakamiya Shrine
  • north wall of the honmaru

Castle Profile
English Name Saiki Castle
Japanese Name 佐伯城
Alternate Names Tsuruya Castle
Founder Mori Takamasa
Year Founded 1606
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Next 100 Castles, Top 100 Mountaintop Castles
Historical Period Edo Period
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Saiki Station (Nippo Line)
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website 3.html
Location Saiki, Oita Prefecture
Coordinates 32° 56' 19.00" N, 131° 51' 22.90" E
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Added to Jcastle 2004
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56 months ago
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I'm thinking about Kyushu trip next month *shock!*

Just comparing this page with Kyushu Dan's site. Looks like those stairs lead to the tenshudai, rather than just honmaru. Also the gate here is fairly substantial - a yaguramon - original too.