Takada Castle 高田城
Sannomaru Bailey
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Founder Miura Takatsugu
Year 14th C.
Type Mountaintop
Condition Ruins
Alternate Name Mimasaka Katsuyama Castle 美作勝山城
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Historical Site Local Historic Site
Location Maniwa, Okayama Prefecture
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Access Chugoku Katsuyama Station (Kishin Line), 15 min walk
Website Okayama Tourism
Visitor Info. Always open/None | Time Required: 60 mins
Notes The Sannomaru still contains the remains of building foundations and a few wells. The trail to the Honmaru is well-taken care of. The Ninomaru is located on grounds where entry is prohibited.
History Located in Mimasaka Province near the borders of Bitchu, Izumo, and Aki Provinces, Takada Castle was in a prime location and prone to attack. During the Sengoku Period it was the main castle of the Miura clan. It fended off many attacks from the Amago of Izumo Province but was overtaken by the Mori Clan from Aki Province. With help from Ukita of Bizen Province, Takada Castle was able to expel the Mori Clan for a short time but was retaken by the Mori. The castle changed hands several times until the Mori were removed from office 1697 and the castle came under direct control of the Tokugawa Bakufu. In 1764, Miura Akitsugu moved from Nishio Castle in Aichi Prefecture to Takada Castle and established the new Katsuyama Domain. Akitsugu shares ancestry with the former Miura rulers. The Katsuyama Miura clan continued to rule until the Meiji Period.
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Maniwa, Okayama Prefecture
Takada Castle views
Sannomaru Bailey Looking up to the Honmaru Bailey
Honmaru Bailey Sannomaru Well