Tanabe Castle

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Hosokawa Fujitaka built this castle under orders from Oda Nobunaga and was succeeded by his son Tadaoki after he retired. Fujitaka set fire to his own castle Miyazu Castle, and sought refuge at Tanabe Castle while Tadaoki was at The Battle of Sekigahara on the side of the Tokugawa. 15,000 of the Ishida aligned attackers surrounded Tanabe Castle with only 500 defenders under the command of Fujitaka. After 50 days of sometimes intense fighting, Tanabe Castle surrendered in negotiations with the emperor acting as an intermediary to help save Fujitaka. Tadaoki distinguished himself at Sekigahara and was rewarded with the domain of Kokura in Kyushu. Kyogoku Takatomo became the new lord of the castle and then Makino Chikashige became lord in 1668. The stone walls and gate (reconstructed) that you see today were built by Makino. The Makino clan continued to rule until the Meiji Period.

Visit Notes

All photos by RaymondW.

  • Yaguramon Gate
  • Yaguramon Gate
  • Yaguramon Gate
  • Closeup inside the gate
  • Honmaru stone walls
  • Honmaru stone walls
  • Main keep foundation
  • Honmaru stone walls
  • Yaguramon gate and a 2 story yagura
  • A reconstructed yagura and wall
  • The site of a well in the honmaru
  • The remnants of a honmaru moat are now just a pond
  • Honmaru
  • Map

Castle Profile
English Name Tanabe Castle
Japanese Name 田辺城
Alternate Names Bugaku-jo
Founder Hosokawa Fujitaka
Year Founded 1579
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Historical Period Edo Period
Features gates, turrets, water moats, stone walls, walls
Visitor Information
Access Nishi Maizuru Sta. (Maizuru Line), 5 min walk
Visitor Information Museum is free; open 9am-5pm, closed 12/29-1/3 and Mondays except Monday holidays when it's closed Wednesday.
Time Required 45 mins
Website http://www.maizuru-kanko.net/pc/hp/story3.htm
Location Maizuru, Kyoto
Coordinates 35° 26' 44.81" N, 135° 19' 51.49" E
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Added to Jcastle 2013
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