|English Name||Nakamura Castle|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Features||main keep, stone walls|
|Access||Nakamura Sta. (Tosa Kuroshio Line); 30 min walk|
|Visitor Information||open : 08:30 to 17:00 closed on Dec 31 and Jan 1 admission fee : 310yen|
|Location||Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||32° 59' 49", 132° 55' 50"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
In 1468, during the turmoil of the Onin War, Ichijo Norifusa left Kyoto for Nakamura. When Norifusa was named lord of Tosa, the small village of Nakamura was made the capital of the Tosa domain. It remained so for about a century until 1573 when Chosokabe Motochika banished Lord Ichijo's descendents to Kyushu. The castle was renovated in 1613 by Yamauchi Masatoyo (also known as Yoshitoyo). It was demolished in 1615 in accordance with the edict which required that each domain should only be allowed one castle.
I walked to the castle from Nakamura station. The last 560 meters are a steep climb, but not difficult. You should know that the station is a non-JR one. I took a Limited Express Nanpù on the JR Dosan Line. Some of these go to Nakamura, but from Kubokawa Station to Nakamura you're riding on the tracks of the Tosa Kuroshio Railway company. Even with a JR-pass you'll have to pay for this section. (1460yen)
The present main keep was built in 1965 as a local history museum. This keep is a mock reconstruction and doesn't stand on the spot of the original keep. The former castle-grounds are the Tamematsu-kôen (park). There are some panels around the site with a description of what stood there when the castle was in use (even in English).