Hamada Castle

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Castle Properties
English Name Hamada Castle
Japanese Name 浜田城
Alternate Names Kameyama-jo
Founder Furuta Shigeharu
Year Founded 1619
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Next 100 Castles, Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period


Features gates, trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Hamada Sta. (San'in Line), 25 min walk or 10 min bus + 5 min walk
Visitor Information open any time, enter the grounds through the shrine and go towards the right not to the main shrine area.
Time Required 45 mins
Website http://www.city.hamada.shimane.jp/www/contents/1001000002482/index.html
Location Hamada, Shimane Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 54' 10", 132° 4' 24"
Admin Visits
Year Visited 2014
Visits November 23, 2014
Added 2015
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History

Yoshida Shigeharu was given the Hamada domain for his success at the Battle of Sekigahara and moved here from Matsuzaka (Mie Pref.) in 1619. The Hamada domain was an important domain held closely by Tokugawa allies as a defense against the Mouri in the Choshu region. The castle and castle town were completed in 1623. After Yoshida, the castle was briefly ruled by the Matsudaira, Honda, and then back to the Matsudaira again, where it stayed until the end of the Edo Period. In 1866 the Hamada Domain formed the center of the second Choshu Incursion by the Tokugawa. The Hamada forces lost badly and set fire to the castle before fleeing. The castle was never rebuilt.

Visit Notes

This is a surprisingly nice little castle. Well preserved stone walls and excellent signage makes it an enjoyable stop. It's a bit out of the way from anywhere you might normally go but it's a worthy half day trip if you are visiting the area. You can get a direct bus from Hiroshima to Hamada which is faster than trains and could also set you up for excursions into Tsuwano and Hagi.

Japanese Notes

以外によかったお城です。石垣が多くて立地も構造も面白いです。説明板も多く設置されているのは嬉しいです。浜田市はあまり観光で行くようなところではなさそうですが機会があればお城を訪れる価値があります。広島からのバスもあるので電車より速いです。1日に近くの津和野城も回ることができます。

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