Kurume Castle 久留米城

Picture Donated by Frank T.
Founder Mori Hidekane
Arima
Year 1587
Type Hilltop
Condition Ruins
Alternate Name Sasayama-jo
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Historical Site Prefectural Historic Site
Location Kurume, Fukuoka Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Kurume Sta (Kagoshima Line), bus
Website City of Kurume
Visitor Info. no entrance fees | Time Required: 30 mins
Notes Only the Honmaru stone walls remain. The Inui Gate was moved to the nearby Nichirinji temple and can still be seen today.
History A powerful family originally built a fortified residence on this site called Shinohara Castle. After Hideyoshi pacified Kyushu, Mori Motonari's son Hidekane built Kurume Castle. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Hidekane, who was on the Western side of the battle was transferred to a different position and Tanaka Yoshimasa became lord of Kurume Castle. In 1621, Arima Toyouji became the new lord of Kurume Castle. Arima renovated the castle into a modern Edo Period castle. A main keep was never built at Kurume Castle but it did boast seven yagura towers in the Honmaru. Kurume Castle remained in the hands of the Arima until it was dismantled in the Meiji Period.
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Kurume, Fukuoka Pref.
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Stone walls
Honmaru bailey Map