Hizen Nagoya Castle
|English Name||Hizen Nagoya Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period|| Pre Edo Period
|Access||Karatsu Sta., Showa Bus 40 mins|
|Location||Karatsu, Saga Prefecture|
|Coordinates||33° 31' 49", 129° 52' 10"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
After completing the unification of Japan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi set his sights on the Korean Peninsula. He built Nagoya Castle on one of the nearest possible points to Korea from which to launch troops. Nagoya was a large castle with a five story main keep. Lords from all over Kyushu, including Kato Kiyomasa, were charged with it's construction and amazingly completed most of the major sections in only seven months. Outside the castle were also many bases of other lords from throughout Japan who gathered to participate in these campaigns. After Hideyoshi's death, the castle was dismantled and parts we red were used to build Karatsu Castle. The Otemon Gate was also moved to Date Masamune's Sendai Castle.
Thanks to <a href="http://www.japanese-castle-explorer.com/">Japanese Castle Explorer</a> for the pictures. I didn't know much about this site until then but now I'm really interested to go one day. The ruins look amazing and there are some nice ocean views.