|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆|
|Historical Site||National Historic Site|
|Historical Value||Top 100 Castles|
|Location||Tsuwano, Shimane Pref.|
|Access||Tsuwano Sta. (Yamaguchi Line)|
|Visited||Nov 22, 2014|
|Visitor Info.||The lift runs 10am to 5pm and costs 450 yen round trip. | Time Required: 75 mins for the castle ruins|
The stone walls of Tsuwano Castle are spectacular and it reminds you a lot of Takeda Castle but a little bit smaller scale. Don't miss the Babasaki Yagura and Monomiyagura watchtowers in the town.
You can take the ski lift to the top of the mountain but there is also a trail near the Taikodani Inari Shrine. It is not a particularly difficult hike, but you should plan about an hour. Also, it is very advisable to carry a bear bell to keep bears away. There were numerous signs to that effect and 2 people cautioned me about not having one. You can see some minor fortifications like horikiri trenches and small baileys. Also the trail from the South Gate continues on down through the Nakaara Castle and out to the Washihara Hachimangu Shrine. It's an enjoyable walk but sometimes the path is not clear.
Yoshimi Yoriyuki established this castle, originally called Sanbonmatsu-jo, to watch over the province of Iwami. His family ruled here for 14 generations. Yoshimi Hironaga, the 14th generation, supported the Mouri clan in the Battle of Sekigahara (1600) and was moved to Hagi with them after they lost to the Tokugawa forces.
Sakazaki Naomori was awarded this domain for his support and success at the Battle of Sekigahara. Starting form the Demurs Bailey he started to vastly expand and fortify the castle. The stone walls you see at the top of the mountain date form this time period. Naomori died in 1616 leaving no descendents. Kamei Masanori was moved here in his place where his family ruled for 11 generations until the coming of the Meiji Period when the castle was dismantled. Came
The tenshu burned down in a fire caused by lightning in 1686. The castle was dismantled in 1873.