Kurume Castle

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Castle Properties
English Name Kurume Castle
Japanese Name 久留米城
Alternate Names Sasayama-jo
Founder Mori Hidekane
Year Founded 1587
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Next 100 Castles, Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period


Features water moats, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Kurume Sta (Kagoshima Line), bus
Visitor Information no entrance fees
Time Required 30 mins
Website http://www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/en/event/?mode=detail&id=402036000001
Location Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture
Coordinates 33° 19' 42", 130° 30' 28"
Admin Visits
Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Visits
Added 2013
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History

A powerful family originally built a fortified residence on this site called Shinohara Castle. After Hideyoshi pacified Kyushu, Mori Motonari's son Hidekane built Kurume Castle. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Hidekane, who was on the Western side of the battle was transferred to a different position and Tanaka Yoshimasa became lord of Kurume Castle. In 1621, Arima Toyouji became the new lord of Kurume Castle. Arima renovated the castle into a modern Edo Period castle. A main keep was never built at Kurume Castle but it did boast seven yagura towers in the Honmaru. Kurume Castle remained in the hands of the Arima until it was dismantled in the Meiji Period.

Visit Notes

Only the Honmaru stone walls remain. The Inui Gate was moved to the nearby Nichirinji temple and can still be seen today.



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