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.
Only the Honmaru stone walls remain. The Inui Gate was moved to the nearby Nichirinji temple and can still be seen today.
|English Name||Kurume Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles, Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Features||water moats, stone walls|
|Access||Kurume Sta (Kagoshima Line), bus|
|Visitor Information||no entrance fees|
|Time Required||30 mins|
|Location||Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture|
|Coordinates||33° 19' 42", 130° 30' 28"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|