Uda Matsuyama Castle

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The castle originated with fortifications by the Akiyama clan during the Nanboku-cho Period. With the rise of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the area came under Hideyoshi's control. Hideyoshi appointed his brother Hidenaga as the local lord in 1585. Several people were appointed castellan between 1585 and 1595 when it became Taga Hidetane. Hidetane sided with the Western Forces at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. His forces attacked Ohtsu Castle so they were not at the main battle. After Sekigahara the castle was taken by the Tokugawa and Hidetane was replaced with Fukushima Takaharu. Fukushima changed the castle name from Akiyama Castle to Matsuyama Castle and the Uda Matsuyama Domain was established. However, at the Siege of Osaka, Fukushima Takaharu was suspected of being an informant or spy for the Toyotomi forces so he was replaced by Oda Nobukatsu (second son of Nobunaga). Nobukatsu thoroughly destroyed the castle and built a jin'ya simply for administrative purposes for the domain. In 1695, the fifth generation Oda, Oda Nobuyasu had has holdings reduced and was moved to Tanba Kaibara. The Uda Matsuyama domain was eliminated at this time.

Visit Notes

This is a really fascinating site to visit. The hourly bus from the station makes it easy to visit. The climb is fairly short and easy. The site is well maintained and the top offers some nice views along with the castle ruins. It looks like there are still some areas that could be excavated too. The castle town below also has a nice atmosphere that is a nationally registered historic buildings district.

  • Otemichi Road
  • Main Keep foundation
  • West Gate
  • Kasugamon gate
  • Kasugamon Gate
  • Trail
  • Entranceway
  • trench and earthworks
  • Earthworks
  • Earthworks
  • Trench
  • Stone walls of the Suzumemon Gate
  • Suzumemon Gate
  • Otemichi Road
  • Otemichi Road
  • Otemichi Road
  • Otemichi Road
  • Honmaru Bailey
  • Otemichi viewed form the Honmaru
  • Gokaban Bailey
  • Steep sides of the Honmaru Bailey
  • Main keep foundation
  • Honmaru and Obikuruwa Baileys
  • South entrance
  • South entrance
  • Steep sides of the Obikuruwa Bailey
  • Obikuruwa and Honmaru baileys
  • Stone lined entrance
  • Stone lined entrance
  • Looking up to the main keep foundation
  • Yokobori trench
  • Earthen bridge
  • Gokaban Bailey
  • Looking up to the Honmaru
  • Gokaban Bailey and palace bailey
  • Main keep foundation
  • Route down form the castle.
  • Castle entrance
  • Honmaru Bailey
  • Obikuruwa bailey and trench
  • Obikuruwa bailey and trench
  • Obikuruwa and trench
  • Gokaban Bailey and palace bailey
  • Obikuruwa and trench
  • Palace bailey and trenches
  • Koshiguruwa and Gokaban bailey
  • Main bailey and main keep foundation
  • Otemichi Trail
  • castle town
  • Kusuri-no-yakata

Castle Profile
English Name Uda Matsuyama Castle
Japanese Name 宇陀松山城
Alternate Names Akiyama-jo
Founder Akiyama Clan
Year Founded Late 14th C.
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Next 100 Castles, Top 100 Mountaintop Castles, National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Haibara Sta. (Kintetsu Osaka Line), 20 min bus to Nishiyama Bus Stop, 5 min walk; or Ouda Bus Stop (last stop), 15 min walk.
Visitor Information mountain trails open any time.
Time Required 120 mins
Website http://www.city.uda.nara.jp/sin-kankou/guide/other/ot17.html
Location Uda, Nara Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 28' 52.14" N, 135° 56' 15.11" E
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Added to Jcastle 2017
Admin Year Visited 2016
Admin Visits December 24, 2016

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