Hosokawa Fujitaka built this castle under orders from Oda Nobunaga and was succeeded by his son Tadaoki after he retired. Fujitaka set fire to his own castle Miyazu Castle, and sought refuge at Tanabe Castle while Tadaoki was at The Battle of Sekigahara on the side of the Tokugawa. 15,000 of the Ishida aligned attackers surrounded Tanabe Castle with only 500 defenders under the command of Fujitaka. After 50 days of sometimes intense fighting, Tanabe Castle surrendered in negotiations with the emperor acting as an intermediary to help save Fujitaka. Tadaoki distinguished himself at Sekigahara and was rewarded with the domain of Kokura in Kyushu. Kyogoku Takatomo became the new lord of the castle and then Makino Chikashige became lord in 1668. The stone walls and gate (reconstructed) that you see today were built by Makino. The Makino clan continued to rule until the Meiji Period.
All photos by RaymondW.
|English Name||Tanabe Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Features||gates, turrets, water moats, stone walls, walls|
|Access||Nishi Maizuru Sta. (Maizuru Line), 5 min walk|
|Visitor Information||Museum is free; open 9am-5pm, closed 12/29-1/3 and Mondays except Monday holidays when it's closed Wednesday.|
|Time Required||45 mins|
|Coordinates||35° 26' 44.81" N, 135° 19' 51.49" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2013|