Sashiki Castle




The wealthy Sashiki Clan built their castle on this site in the Nanboku-cho Period. In 1581, it was taken over by the Shimazu. After it came under the control of Kato Kiyomasa in 1588, he renovated the castle and built up the stone walls you see today. For a relatively small castle, it had well developed stone walls. In 1600, after the Battle of Sekigahara, the Konishi and the Shimazu laid siege to Sashiki Castle for a month until the Shimazu withdrew. The castle was abandoned in 1615 under the One Castle per Country law.

Visit Notes

There is a large amount of stonework scattered around the base of the mountain as well as the top so take your time to explore. The site is well maintained to provide good views of the area and to see the remaining stone walls. This looks like an interesting site and not far form Kumamoto so I'd definitely like to visit when I'm in the area.

  • Honmaru as viewed from the Ninomaru

Castle Profile
English Name Sashiki Castle
Japanese Name 佐敷城
Founder Sashiki clan
Year Founded 14th c.
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Top 100 Mountaintop Castles, National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches, stone walls, castle town
Visitor Information
Access Sashiki Sta. (Hisatsu Orange Railway); 20 min walk
Visitor Information
Time Required 60 mins
Location Ashikita, Kumamoto Prefecture
Coordinates 32° 18' 10.73" N, 130° 30' 9.65" E
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Added to Jcastle 2012
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