Fukuhara Naotaka moved from Usuki and started building the castle in 1597. The castle was completed 2 years later. Fukuhara was sent back to Usuki and replaced by Hayakawa Nagamasa. Hayakawa joined the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara and committed seppuku. The new lord Takenaka Shigetoshi started renovating much of the castle and built the main keep in 1602. Shigetoshi's son Shigeyoshi committed seppuku in 1634 for his part in a scandal while he was the Nagasaki Bugyo (governor of the port of Nagasaki). He was replaced by Hineno Yoshiaki. Yoshiaki died in 1656 and from that point, Funai Castle was ruled by the Matsudaira, starting with Matsudaira Tadaaki.
It looks like an easy walk from the station, but there are also buses from the station to the site. If going by car, the honmaru is now a parking lot. I'm sure I saw somewhere on the site that US armed forces stationed in Kyushu after the war played a part in some of the reconstruction done, but I cannot find any information about that now.
|English Name||Funai Castle|
|Alternate Names||Oita-jo, Oita Funai-jo, Nioroshi-jo, Niage-jo, Hakuchi-jo|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Year Reconstructed||1965 (turrets, tamon, Otemon gate), 1996 (covered bridge)|
|Features||gates, turrets, water moats, stone walls, walls|
|Access||JR Oita Station (Nippo Line); 10 min walk|
|Visitor Information||Entry is free, parking is not|
|Time Required||One hour or less|
|Location||Oita City, Oita Prefecture|
|Coordinates||33° 14' 26", 131° 36' 41"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|