Kagoshima Castle 鹿児島城
|Admin's Rating||★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆|
|Historical Site||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Value||Top 100 Castles|
|Location||Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Pref.|
|Access||Kagoshima Sta. (Nippo Line), 15min walk|
|Visitor Info.||Grounds are open year round | Time Required: 30 mins|
|Notes||The castle grounds contain a Kagoshima History museum today.|
|History||Started in 1601, it took 10 years to complete Kagoshima Castle. The layout is very simple with only the honmaru and ninomaru baileys at the foot of the mountain. The castle had only only gate with a palace and government offices, but no yagura or main keep. The simple design and few structures is likely due to a lack of funds and from a disagreement between Iehisa and his father, who was against building the castle, over how to spend limited resources. 12 generations of the Shimazu ruled over Kagoshima castle until it was decommissioned in 1873.|
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Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Pref.