Nanbu Nobunao requested assistance from Hideyoshi to put down the revolt and with a combined 60,000 soldiers they circled the castle laying siege to it for 4 days. Masazane was tricked into surrendering by the family priest who was told that all their lives would be spared. When they opened the gates, the Nanbu forces swept in and killed all 5000 people including women and children. Excavations in 2009 found bone fragments from women and children giving evidence to this story.
After the rebellion, Gamo Ujisato renovated the castle but it was later transferred to Nanbu Nobunao. Nobunao abandoned the castle when he moved to Morioka Castle.
This was just a quick stop on my way to Morioka. The castle ruins are well defined and there are good signs explaining parts of the castle.
|English Name||Kunohe Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles, Top 100 Mountaintop Castles, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Ninohe Sta. (Tohoku Main line), 1000 yen taxi|
|Location||Ninohe, Iwate Prefecture|
|Coordinates||40° 16' 1", 141° 18' 13"|
|Visits||May 22, 2010|