Nanbu Nobunao, lord of Kunohe Fukuoka Castle founded Morioka Castle to better control the important riverways of the Kitakami and Nakatsu rivers. Unfortunately, Nobunao died before finishing construction. The castle was completed by his son Shigenao in 1633. The Nanbu family retained control over this castle for the entire Edo Period until the coming of the Meiji Restoration.
Some remaining stonework and walls in and around the honmaru. Most of the location is currently a park.
|English Name||Morioka Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Features||water moats, trenches, stone walls|
|Access||Morioka Station (Tohoku Honsen), 15 minute walk|
|Location||Morioka, Iwate Prefecture|
|Coordinates||39° 42' 0", 141° 9' 2"|
|Visits||October 14, 2002|