The Tamura Clan founded this castle around 1504. Toyotomi Hideyoshi dispossessed the Tamura Clan later in the Senoku Period and the territory came under the control of Gamo Ujisato, who controlled Aizu. After the Tokugawa Shogunate was established Katō Yoshiaki was installed in Aizu, and in 1627 he split off Miharu Domain for his younger brother, Katō Akitoki, but the next year there was a peasant uprising and so Matsumoto Nagatsuna, ruler of Nihonmatsu, took control. In 1644 Akita Akisue was installed as castellan and the Akita Clan governed until the Meiji Restoration.
The Honmaru has some good stonework around the top but it is mostly buried in leaves and brush now so you can only see a bit along the top. It is deceptively steep and slippery so I would not recommend trying to go out on the steep side to see them better ! You can see some of the Honmaru stone walls well from the road up to the Ninomaru/Honmaru area.
There are busses from the station, but they are not frequent. The bus stop closest to the castle is Miharu Machiyakuba (Town Hall), which can be reached on the bus bound for the famous Takizakura of Miharu. I've also heard that the bus from Koriyama to Miharu is actually the best route because it stops near the castle along the route to the station and is actually faster than the train + bus combination but there are only a few busses per day.
|English Name||Miharu Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles, Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Miharu Station (Ban'etsu East Line); bus (30 mins walk)|
|Visitor Information||24/7, free|
|Time Required||45 minutes|
|Location||Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture|
|Coordinates||37° 26' 33.29" N, 140° 29' 47.33" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2016|
|Admin Year Visited||2020|
|Admin Visits||December 13, 2020|
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