Funai Castle




Fukuhara Naotaka moved from Usuki and started building the castle in 1597. The castle was completed 2 years later. Fukuhara was sent back to Usuki and replaced by Hayakawa Nagamasa. Hayakawa joined the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara and committed seppuku. The new lord Takenaka Shigetoshi started renovating much of the castle and built the main keep in 1602. Shigetoshi's son Shigeyoshi committed seppuku in 1634 for his part in a scandal while he was the Nagasaki Bugyo (governor of the port of Nagasaki). He was replaced by Hineno Yoshiaki. Yoshiaki died in 1656 and from that point, Funai Castle was ruled by the Matsudaira, starting with Matsudaira Tadaaki.

Visit Notes

It looks like an easy walk from the station, but there are also buses from the station to the site. If going by car, the honmaru is now a parking lot. I'm sure I saw somewhere on the site that US armed forces stationed in Kyushu after the war played a part in some of the reconstruction done, but I cannot find any information about that now.

  • Southwest Yagura
  • Otemon Gate
  • Otemon Gate
  • Rokabashi
  • Rokabashi
  • Rokabashi Bridge and bailey
  • Main keep foundation
  • Southeast Yagura
  • Southeast yagura
  • Otemon Gate
  • map

Castle Profile
English Name Funai Castle
Japanese Name 府内城
Alternate Names Oita-jo, Oita Funai-jo, Nioroshi-jo, Niage-jo, Hakuchi-jo
Founder Fukuhara Naotaka
Year Founded 1597
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations Top 100 Castles, Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period
Year Reconstructed 1965 (turrets, tamon, Otemon gate), 1996 (covered bridge)
Features gates, turrets, water moats, stone walls, walls
Visitor Information
Access JR Oita Station (Nippo Line); 10 min walk
Visitor Information Entry is free, parking is not
Time Required One hour or less
Website autumn/funai.html
Location Oita City, Oita Prefecture
Coordinates 33° 14' 26.30" N, 131° 36' 41.15" E
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Added to Jcastle 2012
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120 months ago
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The site has several reconstructed towers and some ishigaki. There is no museum. The nihon 100 meijo stamp is at the entrance of the cultural hall, which is on the castle-grounds. There is a lovely park next to the tenshukakudai. Imo the most interesting building on this site is the roukabashi, which is the only structure where you can enter.