Shichinohe Castle




The age of this castle is unknown, it is thought to date back to 1334 during the Kamakura period under the rule of Akiie Kitabatake Ken Wu. The area of Shichinohe, at this time was known as the Mutsu Province, which included Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, and parts of Akita. For many years the castle was ruled by generations of Nambu Shichinohe clan, which later fell under the rule of the Morioka.

The castle was built on the Northern side of the hill and originally consisted of seven main buildings, with several moats. Only scattered stone works, ground works, and a small portion of an inner moat remain. A wooden reconstruction of the Eastern gate has recently been made to mark the entrance to the site, which one of the maru has been converted into the local city park. A model of the castle buildings has also been constructed on the site of the honmaru. This castle is nestled at the base of the Hakkadata mountains and is a little off the beaten track but worth the visit.

Visit Notes

Two entrances through the park and shrine at the top of the hill or via the Eastern gate near the Gozo Tenno shrine

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  • Eastern Gate
  • honmaru
  • moat and Ninomaru
  • Walking from the Honmaru
  • Outer Bailey
  • map

Castle Profile
English Name Shichinohe Castle
Japanese Name 七戸城
Alternate Names Shichinohe Jinya
Founder Nanbu Masanaga
Year Founded around 1334
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period
Artifacts Eastern Gate (Reconstruction)
Features gates
Visitor Information
Access Shichinohe Towada Sta.(Tohoku Shinkansen); 35 min. walk
Visitor Information free
Time Required
Location Shichinohe, Aomori Prefecture
Coordinates 40° 41' 59.42" N, 141° 8' 57.01" E
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Added to Jcastle 2012
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41 months ago
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Changed to "other buildings" as per description (not been here myself).