Satake Yoshinobu was moved from the Mito area to Akita after the Battle of Sekigahara. He built Kubota Castle in 1604. It's said that Satake never built a main keep nor any 3 level yagura so that he wouldn't attract the ire of the Tokugawa. On the other hand, Mito Castle had no main keep nor large yagura either. Another theory is that he just couldn't afford an extravagant main keep. Even so, the design and foundation of the castle made it a strong fortification. Most of the buildings burned down in a fire in 1880.
The castle is well known for being mainly built from large earthen embankments. There is very little stonework and mainly just to fortify some baily foundations. You can still see several of the yagura foundations even though no structures remain today.
|English Name||Kubota Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||Reconstructed turret, one original building|
|Features||main keep, gates|
|Access||Akita Sta. (Oou Line); 10 min walk|
|Visitor Information||100 yen, closed Dec 1 to March 19|
|Time Required||1 hour|
|Location||Akita City, Akita Prefecture|
|Coordinates||39° 43' 25", 140° 7' 24"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|