|English Name||Obi Castle|
|Year Founded||15th c.|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period|| Edo Period
|Features||gates, samurai homes, stone walls, walls, castle town|
|Access||Obi Sta. (Nichinan Line), 15 min walk|
|Visitor Information||600 yen; open 9:30-16:30; closed Dec 29-31;|
|Location||Nichinan, Miyazaki Prefecture|
|Coordinates||31° 37' 45", 131° 21' 1"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
The first castle on this site was founded by the Tsuchimochi clan during the Nanboku-cho Period, but it mostly comes into history from the mid 1400's. The Shimazu fortified this castle to prevent expansion into Obi by the Ito clan. It became a focal point of conflict between the Ito and Shimazu, but the Ito only managed to win it once in 1567. It was taken back by the Shimazu in 1572 and remained in their control until Hideyoshi's Kyushu campaigns in 1587. The Ito Clan, one of the first allies of Hideyoshi, were awarded Obi for their loyalty. The Ito started the development of the castle town. In 1686, Ito Sukezane began a major overhaul of the castle to fortify it against earthquakes and to rebuild it into a modern castle. The Ito Clan continued to rule until the Meiji Period.
The Obi area of Nichinan is one of many self proclaimed little Kyoto's. It has some old samurai homes, temples, warehouses, museums etc that you can also enjoy on your visit to Obi to give you a feel for the Edo Period life.