After the Battle of Sekigahara Terazawa Hirotaka was awarded the area of Amakusa for his bravery in the battle. He built Tomioka Castle from 1602 to 1605. In 1637, Tomioka Castle was the site of fierce fighting during the Shimabara Rebellion. The Christian rebels made it to the Ninomaru compound before reinforcements arrived and they were forced to retreat. In 1670, the castle came under direct control of the Tokugawa government and the castle was mostly dismantled. A government office and outpost were built in the Sannomaru where it functioned until the Meiji Restoration.
Inconvenient without own vehicle; access by public transport appears limited.
|English Name||Tomioka Castle|
|Alternate Names||Tomioka Jinya|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Features||gates, turrets, stone walls, walls|
|Access||Bus from Kumamoto|
|Visitor Information||9am-4:45pm; closed Wednesdays except when it's a holiday, when it closes on Thursday. Closed Jan1-3, May 2-5, Aug 13-15. Free admission.|
|Location||Tomioka, Kumamoto Prefecture|
|Coordinates||32° 31' 44.08" N, 130° 1' 54.77" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2012|