Sumoto Castle 洲本城 
stone walls and a lookout tower
Picture Donated by Frank T.
Founder Atagi Haruoki
Hachisuka
Year 1526
Type Hilltop
Condition Reconstructed
Alternate Name Mikuma-jo
Reconstructed 1928 (concrete)
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Historical Site National Historic Site
Location Sumoto, Hyogo Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Awaji Highway Bus from Kobe Sannomiya to Sumoto Bus Center; 20 min walk
Website Sumoto Castle Web Guide
Visitor Info. The reconstructed tower is currently closed because it needs structural repairs.
Notes These pictures don't do it justice but Sumoto Castle has many impressive stone walls. It is a bit difficult to get to on public transportation but would be a worthwhile trip for anyone living in the Kansai area or castle fans with some extra time around there. The reconstructed "main keep" is really just a simple lookout tower to provide nice views. It should not be considered historically accurate nor representative of any castles.
History A castle was first founded on this site by Atagi Haruoki in 1526. When the Awaji area was conquered by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, he assigned Sengoku Hidehisa as lord of the castle. In 1585, Wakisaka Yasuhara was reassigned from Takatori Castle to Sumoto Castle. Wakisaka renovated much of the castle during his 24 year reign. In 1615, Awaji came under the control of the Tokushima domain and Hachisuka Yoshishige became the new lord. The castle lordship was passed to Inada Shigetane, a retainer of the Hachisuka in 1631. The Inada continued to rule until the Meiji Restoration.
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  • ART    October 27, 2016 at 11:08 PM
    Due to awkward bus times to and from Awaji Island, I was only able to stay briefly at Sumoto Castle, visiting the honmaru (main bailey), but skipping the higashinomaru (eastern bailey). I’d like to go back but it’s not the easiest place to get to. That said, the superb ishigaki (stone walls) at Sumotojō made it worth visiting, even if I had to run back down the mountain to catch my bus back to Shikoku in time.
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Sumoto, Hyogo Pref.
Sumoto Castle views
stone walls and a lookout tower Stone walls of the honmaru entrance
Stone walls and the lookout tower View from the top