|English Name||Karatsu Castle|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||5 levels, 5 stories|
|Year Reconstructed||1966 (concrete)|
|Features||main keep, stone walls|
|Access||Karatsu Sta. (Chikuhi Line, Karatsu Line); 20 minute walk|
|Location||Karatsu, Saga Prefecture|
|Coordinates||33° 27' 13", 129° 58' 41"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
HistoryTerasawa Hirotaka, a retainer of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, was stationed in Karatsu in 1595. In the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 he joined the Tokugawa forces and and attacked Gifu Castle. He was rewarded with greater lands around Karatsu and built the castle from 1602 - 1608. The castle made use of some parts from Hideyoshi's Nagoya Castle which was dismantled after his fall.
The rein of the Terasawa clan ended after Hirotaka's son Katataka committed suicide in 1647 leaving no heirs. The castle was ruled by five other families until it was dismantled in the Meiji Period. Even though a mock main keep stands on the site today, some say a main keep was never actually built. Theyb only built the foundation for one.
not personally visited. Pictures donated by Raffi.