Wakisaka Yasumasa built Tatsuno Castle at the foot of Mt. Keiro in 1672. The castle and town were reinvigorated under Wakisaka where his descendents continued to rule over the region until the Meiji Period. The famous swordsman Miyamoto Musashi trained at Enkoji Temple and taught his disciples here in Tatsuno. The current Honmaru Palace, gates and yagura are wooden reconstructions.
Situated just 15km from Himeji in the Southwest of the Harima Region, Tatsuno has thrived since old days due its location near the Ibo River and convenient transportation. The town itself is rather small, but as you walk the narrow streets among houses you can see old samurai homes and temples whle enjoying the historic atmosphere. It has also been called the "little Kyoto" of Harima.
|No main keep but other buildings
|gates, turrets, palace, trenches, stone walls, walls, castle town
|Hontatsuno Station (San'yo Main Line), 20 min walk
|open 8:30-17:00, closed Mondays, except holidays where the following day will be closed. Also closed occasionally for preparing special exhibits.
|Tatsuno, Hyogo Prefecture
|34° 52' 7.50" N, 134° 32' 40.70" E
|Added to Jcastle
|Admin Year Visited
|October 7, 2012
|Friends of JCastle
|Malcolm Fairman Photography - Tatsuno Castle
|Shiro Meguri Fan
|Japan Castle Explorer