Fukuoka Castle 福岡城
|Alternate Name||Maizuru-jo, Seki-jo|
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆|
|Historical Site||National Historic Site|
|Historical Value||Top 100 Castles, Important Cultural Properties|
Important Cultural Properties:
Minami Maru Tamon Yagura
|Location||Fukuoka, Fukuoka Pref.|
|Access||Hakata Sta. (Kagoshima Line)|
|Notes||not personally visited. The above picture is of the extant Minami Tamon Yagura, an Important Cutural Property. The picture was donated by Japanese Castle Explorer|
Kuroda Nagamasa received lands around present day Fukuoka for his service in the Battle of Sekigahara. Nagamasa came to Fukuoka in 1601 and began building Fukuoka Castle. In its time, Fukuoka Castle was the largest castle in Kyushu and boasted 47 yagura. Even though there is a foundation for a main keep, there is no evidence that a main keep was ever built. Noguchi Kazushige, who also assisted with Osaka and Edo Castles, built the stone walls of the castle. It is said Kato Kiyomasa was so impressed with the scale and workmanship, he nicknamed it the Stone Castle (Seki-jo).
The Kuroda family ruled for 12 generations and over 270 years. In 1871, the castle was decommissioned and most of the buildings were disassembled or moved.
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Fukuoka, Fukuoka Pref.