|English Name||Ibaraki Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Historical Period|| Pre Edo Period
|Access||Ibaraki Sta (JR or Hankyu), 10 min walk|
|Visitor Information||open any time|
|Time Required||40 mins|
|Coordinates||34° 49' 15", 135° 34' 16"|
|Visits||October 19, 2014|
The sign at the Karamete Gate in Ibaraki Shrine says this castle was built from 1334-1336 by Kusunoki Masashige but the early history of the castle is not well known. The earliest historical record for Ibaraki Castle appears in 1467 in a mention of the Onin War. At this time the Ibaraki clan were lords of the area. When Nobunaga took control of the region, the Ibaraki joined forces with Nobunaga. In 1571 at the Battle of Shiraikawara, the Ibaraki clan was completely defeated by Araki Murashige and the castle came under his control. From 1577, Nakagawa Kiyohide became lord of the castle under Araki and renovated the castle making it larger. Kiyohide died at the Battle of Shizugatake in 1583 and his son became lord of the castle until 1586 when he became the new lord of Miki Castle. Ibaraki Castle came under direct control of Hideyoshi as a government office until after the Battle of Sekigahara when Katagiri Matsumoto became the new castle lord. The castle was dismantled under the one castle per province edict in 1616, leaving only Takatsuki Castle in the Settsu Province.
There is essentially nothing left of this castle. The honmaru is now an elementary school. In front of the school is a reconstructed gate, at the nearby Ibaraki Shrine you can find the original Karametemon gate but there is nothing else nearby to remind you of a castle. Some of the other gates have also been moved to other farther locations.