Uwajima Castle

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Castle Properties
English Name Uwajima Castle
Japanese Name 宇和島城
Alternate Names Tsurushima-jo
Founder Todo Takatora
Year Founded 1596
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Original main keep
Designations Top 100 Castles, has Important Cultural Properties, National Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period
Main Keep Structure 3 levels, 3 stories
Artifacts tenshu
Features main keep, gates, turrets, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Uwajima Sta. (Yosan Line), 10 minutes walk.
Visitor Information Park opens 6am-6:30pm. The museum and main keep are open 9am-4pm. The museum is closed on Mondays (Tuesday when Monday is a holiday) and Dec. 29 - Jan. 3
Time Required 2.5 hours
Website http://www.city.uwajima.ehime.jp/site/uwajima-jo/
Location Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture
Coordinates 33° 13' 10", 132° 33' 55"
Admin Visits
Year Visited 2016
Visits Feb 27, 2016
Added 2005
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History

Todo Takatora built this castle after being granted the small fiefdom around it by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1595. After the battle of Sekigahara (1600), Todo Takatora moved to Imabari leaving it in the hands of Tomita Nobutaka. From 1615 until the Meiji Restoration Uwajima Castle was ruled by Date Hidemune and his descendents. The basic territory and layout of the castle did not change from the time of Takatora, but the Date completed the fortifications with yagura, gates and stone walls.

Visit Notes

This castle far exceeded my expectations. You tend to see mostly pictures of the main keep and there is not much around it, but I was really impressed by all the stonework here. Once the Daiemon Bailey restoration is complete this castle will be even more impressive. Nearby there is also a Date Museum, but I was not very impressed with it. There were not so many castle related artifacts.

Japanese Notes

宇和島城は私の期待をかなり超えました。天守の写真はよくありますが、天守の周りはあまり何もないように見えてしまいます。でも自分で行ってみると石垣に結構感動しました。代右衛門丸の修理と工事が終わったらなおさら必見です。近くには立博物館もありますが、お城関連の展示が少なくてちょっと残念でした。

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ARTHatamoto

13 months ago
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In Shikoku’s south west, and furthest south I’ve been in Japan so far, is Uwajima Castle, containing one of 12 of the nation’s original castle keeps. The Tenshukaku (donjon) of Uwajimajō dates to 1666. The eves of this darling tower seem to be tempered in their curvature with the interceding centuries, age-laden and bending beneath ceramic tiles. Today Uwajimajō is also loved for the beauty of its moss-covered ishigaki (stonewalls), which seem so well integrated into the surrounding greenery that they appear to have sprang from the ground naturally. There are several other original structures at the site. Firstly, Noboritachimon is the oldest (built sometime after 1596 and before 1615) and one of the largest extant Yakuimon-style gates. Yamazato-soko is a storehouse built for weapons in 1845. Storehouses like this one seem to be the first buildings to go at many castle sites so it’s nice to see one still standing. “Hanro Kōri-shi Bukenagayamon,” or the Gate of Chief Vassal Lord Kōri’s Estate, has been moved to the castle site from the surrounding castle town. It’s a gate house with adjoining enclosed spaces the like of which one often sees at fortified residences.
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Anonymous user #1

29 months ago
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Great castle, it is small but I really enjoyed. Well played out, and a lot of historical info
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Kiddus i2003Ashigaru

45 months ago
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Could not believe how well this was reproduced , along with the static displays this was a great day out , then there was the backstreets and the houses to photograph.
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RaymondWHatamoto

52 months ago
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I went to this castle in mid-August and was pleasantly surprised by how much there is to see at this original castle. The only original structures left at Uwajima Castle are the castle keep, the Yamazato Weapons Storehouse, the Noburitachi Gate, and the Hanro Koorishi Bukenagaya Gate, but it has many more stone walls (ishigaki) than are shown in most books and magazines. Most castle publications tend to show just the castle keep, the Noburitachi Gate, and some of the main bailey’s stone walls. However, there are also extensive ishigaki around the Ido Bailey, Nagato Bailey, Third Bailey, Toubei Bailey, Daiuemon Bailey, and Shikibu Bailey. The latter two baileys along with the Obi Bailey on the southwestern side of the castle complex are off-limits to visitors as the stone walls are being restored. The Noburitachi Gate is a yakuinmon-style gate and claims to be biggest and oldest one in Japan, built during the Keicho Period (1596-1615). This is a fabulous original castle to visit. My wife and I took 2.5 hours to get around to all the baileys. If you don’t take a lot of photos, it is possible to do the whole site in around 2 hours. This is definitely a solid 4-star castle site because it has an original castle keep, three original structures, and lots of well preserved stone walls.
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FurinkazanHatamoto

68 months ago
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After Ozu-jo i visited this one in the afternoon. Being one of the originals it is an interesting keep to go for. It's easy accessible, even when it rains. You can walk a fair distance under the shopping arcades. At the information point in the station they'll gladly indicate you the way to go. The keep is very small compared to others, but the inside structure is worth the visit.
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Anonymous user #1

93 months ago
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Visited 7th April 2010

This is a small Castle on top of a little hill (nothing too serious). It’s well worth visiting despite its small size; plenty of atmosphere, original condition and some displays. Furthermore, you’re unlikely to be caught in a tourist rush to get to the top! It’s easy to find, about 20 minutes walk from the JR station. Follow the tourist map; through the shopping arcade, turn right and you can’t miss it. There’s a museum on one of the routes down and plenty of places to have a quick lunch in town too. If you’re in Matsuyama, it makes a very nice day to nip down to Uwajima (about 90 minutes on JR), then stop off at Iyo Ozu on the way back.
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Anonymous user #1

118 months ago
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I just love this castle. It doesn't have everything but it's original and not touristy; you can really get a feel for what might have been.