Kikuchi Castle 鞠智城
|Founder||Yamato Imperial Court|
|Year||late 7th century|
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆|
|Historical Site||National Historic Site|
|Location||Yamaga, Kumamoto Pref.|
|Access||60 min bus from Kotsu Center (Kumamoto)|
|Website||Kikuchi Castle Park|
|Visitor Info.||Free; open 9:30am - 5:15pm; closed Mondays except National holidays when it's closed the following day; closed Dec 25 - Jan 4|
In reaction to the growing strength of the Chinese in the 7th century, the Yamato Imperial Court began building some defenses and early warning fortifications in Kyushu. Kikuchi Castle is thought to have been built to provide logistical support and reinforcements for Kii and Ono Castles. As the threat from the mainland waned, so did the necessity of these castles and they eventually fell into disrepair.
In 1997 a grain storehouse and barracks were reconstructed and in 1999 the octagonal tower was rebuilt. The park was designated a National Historical Site in 2004
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Yamaga, Kumamoto Pref.