Usuki Castle 臼杵城
|Founder||Otomo Sourin (Yoshishige)|
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆|
|Historical Site||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Location||Usuki, Oita Pref.|
|Access||JR Usuki Sta. (Nippo Line), 10 min walk|
|Website||Oita Sightseeing - Usuki Castle|
|Visitor Info.||no entrance fees | Time Required: An hour or less|
|Notes||A replica of the kunikuzushi "country destroyer" canon can be seen on the castle grounds today. Supposedly, the kunikuzushi canon was imported from Portugal and used by the Otomo against the Shimazu|
|History||Otomo Sourin moved from his palace in Funai and built Usuki Castle in 1562. Otomo was one of the strongest lords in Kyushu and controlled a large portion of the island. Hideyoshi started his Kyushu Campaigns in 1587 and with support from Otomo quickly took control of all of Kyushu. Otomo was replaced by Ota Kazuyoshi and Ota was replaced by Inaba Sadamichi from Gujo Hachiman Castle after the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. The Inaba continued to rule until the Meiji Period.|
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Usuki, Oita Pref.