|English Name||Fukuoka Castle|
|Alternate Names||Maizuru-jo, Seki-jo|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, has Important Cultural Properties, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period|| Edo Period
|Artifacts||Minami Maru Tamon Yagura|
|Access||Hakata Sta. (Kagoshima Line)|
|Location||Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture|
|Coordinates||33° 35' 4", 130° 22' 59"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
HistoryKuroda 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.
not personally visited. The above picture is of the extant Minami Tamon Yagura, an Important Cutural Property. The picture was donated by <a href="http://www.kumin.ne.jp/dmogrady/index.html">Japanese Castle Explorer</a>