Amagasaki Castle


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Amagasaki Castle was built in 1617 by Toda Ujikane. It completely enclosed an earlier Sengoku period castle built by the Hosokawa clan under Hideyoshi. Amagasaki Castle was located at a strategic point where 2 rivers flow into the ocean. with boat landings in the castle grounds so boats could enter the moats directly. The castle had three baileys and three water moats that spiraled around the honmaru bailey which housed a four level main keep and large 3 level yagura. The castle was dismantled in 1873 under the Castle Abolishment act. Much of the stone in the stone walls was repurposed to make an ocean break wall.

Visit Notes

The castle was reconstucted between 2018 and 2019.


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Castle Profile
English Name Amagasaki Castle
Japanese Name 尼崎城
Founder Toda Ujikane
Year Founded 1617
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Reconstructed main keep
Historical Period Edo Period
Main Keep Structure 4 tiers, 5 storeys with attached turrets; concrete
Year Reconstructed 2019
Features main keep, turrets, water moats, stone walls, walls
Visitor Information
Access Amagasaki Sta (Hanshin Main Line), 5 min walk
Visitor Information Open 9am-5pm, closed Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday) and Dec. 29 - Jan. 2; 500 yen admission
Time Required 45 mins
Location Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 43' 1.60" N, 135° 25' 6.67" E
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Added to Jcastle 2013
Admin Year Visited 2013
Admin Visits March 9, 2013

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43 months ago
Score 1++
i have generously revised my score to a 2 after revisiting to see the new tower. some of the displays were interesting.


87 months ago
Score 1++
I've been disappointed by castles before but i've never been depressed. Amagasaki castle is a landfill site. No main keep can save it. If they want to build one it'll be a waste of resources and i'll decry it. Next to the castle site is a genuine red brick warehouse structure. It looked like something from my hometown. This depressed me further. An old lady was holding a cat in a blanket on a bench infront of the reconstructed wall segment. I saw the cat's face and it was gnarly. Zero stars for this castle.


124 months ago
Score 0++
oops, not sure how that happened. It's now corrected. Thanks!


124 months ago
Score 0++
Is this really a mountaintop castle??? :-)


124 months ago
Score 0++
There are some reconstructed walls at this castle ruin site, but there was no sign explaining the historical significance of the site. Also, too much of the site is fenced off and inaccessible. I would not recommend castle fans to visit this site unless you happen to be in Amagasaki. Zero stars for this site.