A castle was first founded on this site by Atagi Haruoki in 1526. When the Awaji area was conquered by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, he assigned Sengoku Hidehisa as lord of the castle. In 1585, Wakisaka Yasuhara was reassigned from Takatori Castle to Sumoto Castle. Wakisaka renovated much of the castle during his 24 year reign. In 1615, Awaji came under the control of the Tokushima domain and Hachisuka Yoshishige became the new lord. The castle lordship was passed to Inada Shigetane, a retainer of the Hachisuka in 1631. The Inada continued to rule until the Meiji Restoration.
These pictures don't do it justice but Sumoto Castle has many impressive stone walls. It is a bit difficult to get to on public transportation but would be a worthwhile trip for anyone living in the Kansai area or castle fans with some extra time around there. The reconstructed "main keep" is really just a simple lookout tower to provide nice views. It should not be considered historically accurate nor representative of any castles.
|English Name||Sumoto Castle|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Year Reconstructed||1928 (concrete)|
|Access||Awaji Highway Bus from Kobe Sannomiya to Sumoto Bus Center; 20 min walk|
|Visitor Information||The reconstructed tower is currently closed because it needs structural repairs.|
|Location||Sumoto, Hyogo Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 20' 16", 134° 54' 10"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|