Sometime between 1573 and 1592, a simple fort was constructed by Ukita Tadaie at this location which overlooks the important port of Shimotsui along the Japan Inland Sea. A few years prior to the Battle of Sekigahara, the fort was enlarged into a castle. After the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 with the demise of the Ukita Clan, Kobayakawa Hideaki became the lord of the Bizen Domain, roughly the southeastern quarter of present day Okayama Prefecture. After he passed away in 1602, the Ikeda Clan took over. In 1603, Ikeda Nagamasa became the lord of Shimotsui Castle, and under orders from Tokugawa Ieyasu, he extensively rebuilt and expanded the castle which included adding a small castle keep and lots of stone walls. Most of the ruins that can be seen there now date back to this period. In 1639, under the One Domain One Castle Edict, Shimotsui Castle was decommissioned.
This is not a very convenient castle ruin to visit if you don’t have your own set of wheels. My wife and I took a taxi there from Kojima Station. It cost around 1,700yen. For the return trip, we decided to walk back to the train station, which took around an hour.
Profile and photos by JCastle user RaymondW
|English Name||Shimotsui Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Shimotsui Sta. (Uno Line), 60 min walk or 1700 yen taxi.|
|Visitor Information||No entrance fees. Just a park.|
|Time Required||One hour|
|Website||http://www.okayama-kanko.jp/modules/kankouinfo/pub kihon detail.php?sel id=1074&sel data kbn=0|
|Location||Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 26' 26.16" N, 133° 47' 44.16" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2014|