Satake Yoshinobu was moved from the Mito area to Akita in 1602 after the Battle of Sekigahara. He first moved into Minato Castle, but it was small with poor defenses so 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. Another theory is that he just couldn't afford an extravagant main keep. Even so, the castle had eight 2 story corner yagura and a large palace. Most of the buildings burned down in a fire in 1880. The Satake continued to rule until the Meiji Restoration.
The castle is well known for being mainly built from large earthen embankments. There is very little stonework and that os mainly to fortify some foundations. The large main keep looking building is a museum and is not an accurate representation of an Edo Period yagura. The Omotemon Gate however was faithfully reconstructed in 2001. The Omonogashira Gobansho (guard house) is the only remaining original structure on the site. The castle was much bigger and more interesting that I expected. The earthen embankments around each Bailey are in interesting feature and I tried to highlight them in some of the photos here.
|English Name||Kubota Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Features||gates, turrets, water moats, trenches, stone walls|
|Access||Akita Sta. (Oou Line); 10 min walk|
|Visitor Information||Osumiyagura Museum is open 9-4:30, closed Dec 1 to March 31; 100 yen|
|Time Required||90 mins|
|Location||Akita City, Akita Prefecture|
|Coordinates||39° 43' 24.53" N, 140° 7' 23.66" E|
|Visits||May 10, 2018|
|Added to Jcastle||2011|