Murakami Castle 村上城
|Alternate Name||Honjo-jo, Maizuru-jo|
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆|
|Historical Site||National Historic Site|
|Location||Murakami, Niigata Pref.|
|Access||Murakami Sta. (Uetsu Line); 30min walk|
|Website||Virtual Restoration of Murakamai Castle|
|Visited||October 9, 2011|
|Notes||If you visit Shibata Castle, I also recommend you stop by Murakami Castle. There are many nice stone walls hidden in the woods and the Honmaru bailey stone walls are nearly complete. The atmosphere reminds me of Takatori Castle in Nara even though it's not quite the same scale. Parts of the stone walls are under restoration but it shouldn't harm your enjoyment of this castle. The restoration will be in progress until 2014 so don't let it stop you from going now. I recommend late fall or spring before the stone walls are overgrown with weeds. The town also has 5 splendid samurai homes that are highly recommendable.|
|History||The original castle on this mountain was built by the Honjo during the Sengoku Period. It was simply some earthen embankments and dry moats. In 1598, when Murakami Yorikatsu became lord of the area, he transformed it into a modern castle. In 1618, Hori Naoyori also greatly renovated the castle. The castle territory you see today dates from this time period. The Hori also built a three story main keep and developed the castle town around the foot of the mountain. In 1649, Matsudaira Naonori renovated the castle and rebuilt the main keep and most other structures. In 1667, the main keep and honmaru buildings burned down in a fire caused by lightning. The castle switched hands among several other fudai daimyo lords until the Naito clan arrived in 1729. It remained with the Naito until the Meiji restoration where it was all burned to the ground in the Boshin War.|
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Murakami, Niigata Pref.