Tanagura Castle

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Nagashige Niwa built Tanagura Castle in 1625, and his son Mitsushige ruled form 1627 after the senior Niwa’s transfer to Shirakawa. For most of the Edo period the castle was controlled by Fudai Daimyō appointed by the Shogunate. In its day the castle had a second bailey ringing the honmaru (main bailey), as well as a third bailey in the north, with a sotobori (outer moat) encompassing them. Whilst the primary defences of the castle were of mounded earth, a segment of ishigaki (stonewall) was erected in the west of the Ninomaru. Tanagura Castle’s garrison was wiped out at the siege of Shirakawa Castle during the Boshin War in 1868. The rump defence left at Tanagura then fell to Imperial forces in less than a day. Of the castle’s buildings none remain on-site, although it once had at least four yagura (turrets) in the central compound, now only a single gate survives, but it has unfortunately been moved off site.

Visit Notes

Tanagura Castle has large dorui (earthen ramparts) surrounded by a mizubori (water moat) with two entrances into the central compound, one from the north and one from the southeast. When I came the cherry blossoms were blooming and Tangura Castle Festival was in full swing.


Castle Profile
English Name Tanagura Castle
Japanese Name 棚倉城
Founder Nagashige Niwa
Year Founded 1625
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Historical Period Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Mizubori, Kuruwa, &c.
Features gates, water moats, trenches
Visitor Information
Access Iwaki-Tanagura Station on the Suigun Line, then 5 minute walk.
Visitor Information 24/7
Time Required one hour
Website http://www.town.tanagura.fukushima.jp/page/page000304.html
Location Tanagura, Fukushima Prefecture
Coordinates 37° 1' 47.53" N, 140° 23' 9.28" E
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Added to Jcastle 2017
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21 months ago
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This site has relocated gates from it (which I didn't visit) and a sort of mock miyagura in town, which is shown in the gallery above. (Changed to yellow)