Kagoshima Castle 鹿児島城

Picture Donated by Allen K.
Founder Shimazu Iehisa
Year 1601
Type Flatland
Condition Ruins
Alternate Name Tsurumaru-jo
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Historical Site Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Value Top 100 Castles
Location Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Kagoshima Sta. (Nippo Line), 15min walk
Website Kagoshima Tourism
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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  • Eric    April 24, 2013 at 07:26 AM
    IMHO, the 100 meijo thing has a lot of politics in it. It seems the point is to raise awareness of castles and increase tourism so they have at least 1 castle from every prefecture and try to get a selection of all castle types from all periods of history which is why you end up with several very early sites like the Nemuro Chashi and Ashikaga Yakata and so forth that normally wouldn't make such a list. Strictly speaking, even though I often call it the "Top 100" the meaning is more like "100 Famous Castles". Chihaya Castle is one that always stumps me too. Some interesting history but there is nothing there. There is a beautiful book called 日本名城百選 which is more of a Top 100 as selected by castle fans. While you're in Japan, if you can find a copy I would highly recommend it. http://www.amazon.co.jp/ビジュアル・ワイド-日本名城百選-村田-修三/dp/4096815640
  • furinkazan on My Page    April 23, 2013 at 07:31 PM
    Hmmm, ah yes, there isn't alot to see here. You have everything with the photos posted. The nihon 100 meijo stamp is at the information desk of the Reimeikan(=museum on the castlegrounds. At least the museum contained some interesting artifacts. Sometimes i'm puzzled how a castle made it to the nihon 100 meijo. This one probably for its history. I went also to the observatory on the Shiroyama. The view is outstanding and Sakurajima is a must see.
  • Anonymous    March 20, 2013 at 11:16 PM
    Looks like an interesting place to visit. Beautiful area. Nice stone wall.
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