Katsumoto Castle

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A very short-lived castle in its time; 8 years.

Hideyoshi Toyotomi ordered Bunroku and Keicho to build a castle that would serve as a logistics base at Iki and Tsushima , a route from Nagoya Castle to Chosun in the role of Honjin. It was built in a very short period of about four months from the summer of 1591 (Tensho 19) and was used through the role of Bunroku and Keicho .

The building was demolished after Hideyoshi died in 1598 and retired from Korea. At present, the stone walls and the foundation stones of the Honmaru ruins are left at the summit of Shiroyama overlooking Katsumoto Port, and are maintained as Shiroyama Park. Shiroyama Inari Shrine is enshrined in the park, and Katsumoto Port, Wakamiyajima , Tatsunoshima and Nakarasujima can be seen from the site of Katsumoto Elementary School.

Source: Wikipedia

Visit Notes

Set atop a hill on Iki island, this is best accessed by car. Views across the bay are impressive, but the info on the castle and its grounds is woefully lacking. A single board in the car park in Japanese, and nothing of note in English. A real shame.




Castle Profile
English Name Katsumoto Castle
Japanese Name 勝本城
Founder Hideyoshi Toyotomi
Year Founded 1581
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features stone walls, walls
Visitor Information
Access 25 min. by car from Gonoura port, or a 5-minute walk from Shiroyama bus stop (Iki-kotsu bus)
Visitor Information
Time Required 15-20 min.
Location Iki, Nagasaki Prefecture
Coordinates 33° 50' 57.77" N, 129° 41' 28.07" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor Chottomat
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