After the Hachinohe Nanbu clan moved to Tohno, Nanbu Toshinao from the Morioka Nanbu moved to Hachinohe and started work on this new castle. Formally, the castle was a jinya because Toshinao did not have "castle lord" credentials under the Tokugawa system. Regardless of the size or structure of the castle it was considered a jinya for lords without castle rights. In 1838, Nanbu Nobumasa, received castle lord credentials. He made many renovation plans but was never able to follow through on them.
The gate in the above picture is an original from 1797. It was the gate for the Sumigoten palace. It is is a huge munamon style gate (no support pillars in the rear) which is quite rare since it should be unstable.
This was just a side stop since I had some extra time in Hachinohe after visiting Ne Castle. There is not much to see so only stop if you are in Hachinohe with some free time.
|English Name||Hachinohe Castle|
|Alternate Names||Hachinohe Jinya|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Honhachinohe Sta. (Hachinohe Line); 5 min walk|
|Location||Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture|
|Coordinates||40° 30' 50", 141° 29' 18"|
|Visits||May 21, 2010|