Yamanouchi Kazutoyo began the construction of Kochi castle in 1601 after he was stationed in the Tosa region. Originally he resided in Urado Castle but decided to build a new castle in the current location. Yamanouchi moved in two years later after the main keep and main structures were finished. The whole castle was completed in 1611.
Much of the castle, including the main keep, were burned to the ground in a great fire that broke out in the castle town in 1727. The current main keep dates from this reconstruction which was completed in 1748. It took until 1753 until the castle was completely rebuilt.
One of the most rare aspects of this castle is that all the structures from the original honmaru remain.
This is a really great castle. I just wish it hadn't been raining so hard when we were there. The warmer more tropical like climate of Kochi results in the castle having much vegetation growing everywhere. Exhibits inside the castle show that it was in a terrible state of neglect until they repaired it between 1948-1959.
|English Name||Kochi Castle|
|Castle Condition||Original main keep|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, has Important Cultural Properties, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||3 levels, 6 stories|
|Artifacts||Kaitokukan, Kuroganemon, tenshu, Nando Kura, Tenshu Southeast Wall, Tenshu Northwest Wall, Kuroganemon Northwest wall, Kuroganemon Southeast wall, Outemon Southwest wall, Outemon Northeast wall, Outemon, East Tamon, Rokamon, Tsumemon, West Tamon|
|Features||main keep, gates, turrets, water moats, stone walls|
|Access||Kochi Station, 25 minute walk or 15 minutes bus or street car|
|Location||Kochi, Kochi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||33° 33' 38", 133° 31' 53"|
|Visits||October 21, 2001|