Baba Sukemoto built the first castle on this site in 1214. It was called Baba Castle. The Baba continued to rule for about 200 years until they were conquered by the Edo. The Edo enlarged the castle and renamed it Mito Castle. In 1590, Satake Yoshinobu a retainer of Toyotomi hideyoshi, moved down from Oota and took over Mito Castle. He continued to rule until after the Battle of Sekigahara when he was moved to Kubota Castle in Akita Pref. At this point Tokugawa Ieyasu's fifth son, Takeda Nobuyoshi was made Lord of Mito castle. The Tokugawa ruled over Mito Castle until the coming of the Meiji Restoration. All the castle building except a three story yagura and the yakuimon gate were destroyed during the Meiji Period. The yagura then burned down during WWII.
There is very little left to give you the feeling of the castle except for some moats on the West end and the big yakuimon gate in the honmaru on the school grounds. The Kodokan school in the Sannomaru, is not really a castle structure but it is an Important Culural Property and a must see location if you're in Mito.
|English Name||Mito Castle|
|Alternate Names||Baba-jo, Suifu-no-shiro|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Access||Mito Sta. (Joban Line), 8 min. walk|
|Location||Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 22' 22", 140° 28' 58"|
|Visits||September 6, 2008|