Tomioka Castle




After the Battle of Sekigahara Terazawa Hirotaka was awarded the area of Amakusa for his bravery in the battle. He built Tomioka Castle from 1602 to 1605. In 1637, Tomioka Castle was the site of fierce fighting during the Shimabara Rebellion. The Christian rebels made it to the Ninomaru compound before reinforcements arrived and they were forced to retreat. In 1670, the castle came under direct control of the Tokugawa government and the castle was mostly dismantled. A government office and outpost were built in the Sannomaru where it functioned until the Meiji Restoration.

Visit Notes

Inconvenient without own vehicle; access by public transport appears limited.


Castle Profile
English Name Tomioka Castle
Japanese Name 富岡城
Alternate Names Tomioka Jinya
Founder Terazawa Hirotaka
Year Founded 1605
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Historical Period Edo Period
Features gates, turrets, stone walls, walls, castle town
Visitor Information
Access Bus from Kumamoto
Visitor Information 9am-4:45pm; closed Wednesdays except when it's a holiday, when it closes on Thursday. Closed Jan1-3, May 2-5, Aug 13-15. Free admission.
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Location Tomioka, Kumamoto Prefecture
Coordinates 32° 31' 44.08" N, 130° 1' 54.77" E
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Added to Jcastle 2012
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