Yokote Castle

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History

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.

Visit Notes

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.

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Castle Profile
English Name Yokote Castle
Japanese Name 横手城
Alternate Names Nira-jo, Asakura-jo
Founder Onodera
Year Founded 1550
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Reconstructed main keep
Designations
Historical Period Edo Period
Main Keep Structure 3 levels, 4 stories
Year Reconstructed 1965 (concrete)
Features main keep
Visitor Information
Access Yokote Sta. (Ou Line), 20 min walk
Visitor Information open 9am - 430pm. April 1 - Nov 30. 100 yen admission.
Time Required 45 mins
Website http://www.city.yokote.lg.jp/kanko/page000011.html
Location Yokote, Akita Prefecture
Coordinates 39° 19' 16", 140° 34' 9"
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Admin
Year Visited 2018
Visits May 10, 2018
Added to Jcastle 2012


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