Iga Ueno Castle
Takigawa Katsutoshi started construction of Iga Ueno Castle in 1585. He was followed by Tsutsui Sadatsugu who built the honmaru and three level main keep. After the Battle of Sekigahara (1608), Sadatsugu's lands were confiscated by the Tokugawa and given to Todo Takatora. Todo Takatora initiated a great renovation of the castle to fortify the defenses against a resurgance of Toyotomi's followers. The new design created a new honmaru, the huge stone walls and completely engulfed the original castle. After the destruction of the Toyotomi, however, the renovation plans were mostly abandoned and the main keep, which was destroyed by high winds, was never rebuilt.
Todo Takatora's main keep was never finished, so this is a mock reconstruction. Nevertheless, I appreciate the attempt at a wooden reconstruction (as opposed to another concrete monstrosity) and the museum houses some good exhibits. I was very disappointed in the state of the huge stone walls. They are filled with weeds and trees both in the middle of the wall and along the top. Some places look like they could start to crumble at any moment and one section along the top was off limits for exactly that reason. As you walk around the moat level to see the stone walls, the weeds and trees are so thick that it was very difficult to get good views much less good pictures. Some of the tallest stone walls in Japan should be kept in better condition. The grounds also have a ninja museum and show for those ninja fans out there. I didn't have time to visit on this trip but maybe next time.
|Iga Ueno Castle
|Reconstructed main keep
|Top 100 Castles, National Historic Site
|Main Keep Structure
|3 levels, 3 stories
|main keep, gates, turrets, samurai homes, stone walls, walls, castle town
|Uenoshi Sta. (Kintetsu Iga Line); 10 min walk
|open 9am to 5pm; closed Dec 29-31. 500 yen for the main keep museum.
|60 mins, more if you visit the ninja museum
|Iga, Mie Prefecture
|34° 46' 12.47" N, 136° 7' 37.56" E
|Added to Jcastle
|Admin Year Visited
|Oct 8, 2012
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|Malcolm Fairman Photography - Iga Ueno Castle