Souma Nakamura Castle




The area hosted forts as far back as the 9th century. In 1337 the Nakamura built a fortified headquarters on the site and ruled into the Sengoku period. In 1563 Sōma Takatane conquered the castle. Around this time the dispute between the Sōma and Date clans was intensifying and the Sōma, based at Odaka Castle, stationed a vassal at Nakamurajō to keep the Date at bay. In 1611, Sōma Toshitane moved the Sōma headquarters from Odakajō to Nakamurajō, at which time the Nakamura fief was worth 60,000 koku. In 1868 Meiji forces conquered Nakamurajō during the Boshin War, and in 1871 the site was abandoned.

Visit Notes

Easy to access from Soma station, about a 10-15 minute walk. The baileys go out beyond the castle moats and ponds, a large site.

Profile and photos contributed by AdamT


Castle Profile
English Name Soma Nakamura Castle
Japanese Name 相馬中村城
Alternate Names Mutsunokuni Nakamura Castle
Founder Nakamura Asataka
Year Founded 1337
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features gates, trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Soma Sta. (Joan Line), 15 min walk
Visitor Information 24h/ free
Time Required 2 hours
Location Soma, Fukushima Prefecture
Coordinates 37° 47' 52.91" N, 140° 54' 51.52" E
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Added to Jcastle 2016
Contributor ART
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Anonymous user #1

32 months ago
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Went today (2018/8/23) Not well kept at all. Moats are overgrown and look very sad. There are no visual representations of the castle as it was, either on site or in the local museum, which was also disappointing.

It is quite large and has potential to be a really nice site,


53 months ago
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Thanks guys. I should have picked that up myself too. Fixed now.


53 months ago
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I may have made a mistake when filling out the profile form. Fukushima already has 3 Meijou sites:

Kasumigajou, Tsurugajou, Kominejou


53 months ago
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Eric are you sure this one is in the 100 Top list? I don't see it in my stamp-book and neither in other's lists.


53 months ago
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The park is lovely in autumn, I last came here in Spring. Certain changes have occurred since then. The good news is that trees have been cut back to show the form and walls of the castle. Whilst this creates a very different atmosphere from what I remember in Spring, it does provide a much clearer view from the foot of the hill. The grass underneath the ascending bridge into the Honmaru has also been trimmed, making it easy to get a good look at the ishigaki without having to fight one’s way through the bush.