Nabekura Castle




The home of the Asonuma at Yokota Castle was susceptible to damaged by floods so Asonuma Hirosato moved to Mt. Nabekura and built the present castle in 1573. The new castle was also called Yokota Castle or New Yokota Castle. Toyotomi Hideyoshi's campaigns in the Oushu Region (Eastern Tohoku) ended 400 years of Asonomua control that began in the Kamakura Period. From 1601 the region came under control of the Nanbu clan. Initially, a castellan managed the castle but in 1627, Nanbu Naoyoshi from the Hachinohe Nanbu clan moved from Hachinohe to Tono and Nabekura castle to pacify the area which was still partial to the Asonuma. The Nanbu continued to control Nabekura Castle until it was decommissioned in 1872.

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Castle Profile
English Name Nabekura Castle
Japanese Name 鍋倉城
Alternate Names Yokota-jo, Tohno-jo
Founder Asonuma clan
Year Founded 1573
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Tono Sta. (Kamaichi Line); 15 min walk
Visitor Information
Time Required
Location Tono, Iwate Prefecture
Coordinates 39° 19' 39", 141° 31' 40"
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Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Added to Jcastle 2012

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Anonymous user #1

13 months ago
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Hi. Tried to contact you via the link but it produces an error message. Hideyoshi died in 1598 yet the text reads, in part: “In 1601 the castle was placed under the control of the Nanbu clan by Toyotomi Hideyoshi...”. Hoping you can explain. Thanks.


13 months ago
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My apologies. The text was misleading, I've rewritten it so it is more clear now. Also, please let me know what kind of error message you received? I receive contact form emails almost daily.