Souma Nakamura Castle
The area hosted forts as far back as the 9th century. In 1337 the Nakamura built a fortified headquarters on the site and ruled into the Sengoku period. In 1563 Sōma Takatane conquered the castle. Around this time the dispute between the Sōma and Date clans was intensifying and the Sōma, based at Odaka Castle, stationed a vassal at Nakamurajō to keep the Date at bay. In 1611, Sōma Toshitane moved the Sōma headquarters from Odakajō to Nakamurajō, at which time the Nakamura fief was worth 60,000 koku. In 1868 Meiji forces conquered Nakamurajō during the Boshin War, and in 1871 the site was abandoned.
Easy to access from Soma station, about a 10-15 minute walk. The baileys go out beyond the castle moats and ponds, a large site.
The park is lovely in autumn, I last came here in Spring. Certain changes have occurred since then. The good news is that trees have been cut back to show the form and walls of the castle. Whilst this creates a very different atmosphere from what I remember in Spring, it does provide a much clearer view from the foot of the hill. The grass underneath the ascending bridge into the Honmaru has also been trimmed, making it easy to get a good look at the ishigaki without having to fight one’s way through the bush.
Profile and photos contributed by ART.
|English Name||Soma Nakamura Castle|
|Alternate Names||Mutsunokuni Nakamura Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Features||gates, trenches, stone walls|
|Access||Soma Sta. (Joan Line), 15 min walk|
|Visitor Information||24h/ free|
|Time Required||2 hours|
|Location||Soma, Fukushima Prefecture|
|Coordinates||37° 47' 52.91" N, 140° 54' 51.52" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2016|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|