Komine-jo was originally built by the Yuuki in 1340. In 1627 it was taken over by Niwa Nagashige. Nagashige renovated the castle and renamed it Shirakawa-jo. At the beginning of the Edo period the castle was given to the Aizu Matsudaira by the Tokugawa government. The Matsudaira clan governed it until it fell during the Boshin War .
The moats and walls around this castle are very well preserved. If you're in the area it is definitely worth a stop. Walk around the full outside of the castle to see the stone walls well. The main keep is also very well rebuilt.
|English Name||Shirakawa Castle|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||3 levels, 3 stories|
|Year Reconstructed||1991 (wood)|
|Features||main keep, gates, turrets, stone walls, walls|
|Access||Shirakawa Station (Tohoku Honsen), 7 minute walk|
|Location||Shirakawa, Fukushima Prefecture|
|Coordinates||37° 7' 58.08" N, 140° 12' 48.89" E|
|Year Visited||1998, 2003|
|Visits||September 1998, September 13, 2003|
|Added to Jcastle||1999|