Bitchu Takamatsu Castle
|English Name||Bitchu Takamatsu Castle|
|Alternate Names||Takamatsu Castle|
|Year Founded||16th C.|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period|| Pre Edo Period
|Features||water moats, trenches|
|Access||10 min Walk from Bitchu Takamatsu Station OR Kibi Kogen Cycling Path|
|Time Required||40 minutes|
|Location||Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 41' 34", 133° 49' 19"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
The original castle was built by the Ishikawa clan, one of the highest ranking retainers of the Mimura clan in nearby Matsuyama. In 1575, the Mimura and Ishikawa were conquered by the Mori who placed Shimizu Munehara as lord of the castle. During Hideyoshi's campaigns in the area in 1582, he forced Shimizu to surrender (aka: commit seppuku) after he successfully built canals to divert the Ashimori River and flood the castle grounds trapping Muneharu in his own castle. This plan was particularly successful because the castle sits in a relatively wet lowland area and the attack took during the rainy season. The castle was put under control of the Hanabusa family, retainers of the Ukita until it was decommissioned under the one castle per country law.
The ruins are located along the Kibi Kogen Cycling Path (an off-shoot of the more popular Kibiji District Cycling Path).
The main castle area is now a park but some interesting sites are the remnants of one of the water canals, the grave of the castle lord and suicide spot of his retainers, a building with information about the castle and some artifacts, and many monuments.
This castle is an excellent castle for those interested in actual battles, military strategy, and military feats.