Yokote Castle was originally built by the Onodera clan in the 16th century. The Onodera ruled until the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Onodera was sent to Shimane Pref. and was replaced by the Satake of Mito. The Satake had their main castle at Kubota Castle with Yokote Castle as a branch castle. Despite the one castle per domain edict of the Tokugawa, Yokote Castle was allowed to be kept as a branch of Kubota Castle due to it's critical defense fortifying the southern edge of the Satake's territory. During the Edo Period, lordship of the castle changed hands several times from the Satake to the Date, Suda and Tomura until the Meiji Period. In 1868 the castle burned down in a Battle of the Boshin War.
The "main keep" is just an observatory and museum shaped like a castle keep. There was never a keep like this on the site. The Satake had a palace only, much like they did at Kubota Castle. The Akita Shrine is a branch of the main Akita Shrine devoted to the Satake Clan.
|English Name||Yokote Castle|
|Alternate Names||Nira-jo, Asakura-jo|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||3 levels, 4 stories|
|Year Reconstructed||1965 (concrete)|
|Access||Yokote Sta. (Ou Line), 20 min walk|
|Visitor Information||open 9am - 430pm. April 1 - Nov 30. 100 yen admission.|
|Time Required||45 mins|
|Location||Yokote, Akita Prefecture|
|Coordinates||39° 19' 15.82" N, 140° 34' 9.23" E|
|Visits||May 10, 2018|
|Added to Jcastle||2012|