Chiran Castle 知覧城

Picture Donated by Frank T.
Founder Ei Clan
Year 1197
Type Hilltop
Condition Ruins
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Historical Site National Historic Site
Location Minami Kyushu CIty, Kagoshima Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Hirakawa Sta. (Ibusakimakurasaki Line); car
Website Chiran Samurai Quarter
Visitor Info. Free park is open any time. Pick up a map and brochure from the box at the parking lot.
Notes Be sure to visit the old Samurai Quarter while in the area.
History A castle was first constructed on this site in 1197 under the command of Minamoto no Yoritomo. In 1353, one of the brothers of the ruling Shimazu clan started a new Sata clan under the Shimazu as lords of Chiran Castle. Despite being involved in several conflicts the Sata ruled over Chiran Castle until the Edo Period. In 1591, the Sata lord was driven out by Hideyoshi for disobedience. In his absence, a fire broke out and burned down much of the castle. In 1615, Chiran Castle was officially decommissioned by the One Castle Per Province edict. The Sata clan however continued as the local Tokugawa representatives until the Meiji Period living on the castle grounds.

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  • mr    September 04, 2013 at 08:06 PM
    the avenue photo looks like it is from Chiran Samurai Estate and not the castle proper - however, thank you for wonderful info
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Minami Kyushu CIty, Kagoshima Pref.
Chiran Castle views
Samurai quarter
map and sign