Usuki Castle




Otomo Sourin moved from his palace in Funai and built Usuki Castle in 1562. Otomo was one of the strongest lords in Kyushu and controlled a large portion of the island. Hideyoshi started his Kyushu Campaigns in 1587 and with support from Otomo quickly took control of all of Kyushu. Otomo was replaced by Ota Kazuyoshi and Ota was replaced by Inaba Sadamichi from Gujo Hachiman Castle after the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. The Inaba continued to rule until the Meiji Period.

Visit Notes

A replica of the kunikuzushi "country destroyer" canon can be seen on the castle grounds today. Supposedly, the kunikuzushi canon was imported from Portugal and used by the Otomo against the Shimazu

  • Otemon Gate
  • Otemon Gate
  • Entrance to the castle
  • yaguramon gate and Tatamiyagura
  • Otemon Gate
  • Tatamiyagura and Otemon Gate
  • Map
  • Utonoguchi-mon-wakiyagura
  • Utonoguchi-mon-wakiyagura
  • Replica of the Kunikuzushi Cannon

Castle Profile
English Name Usuki Castle
Japanese Name 臼杵城
Alternate Names Kijo
Founder Otomo Sourin (Yoshishige)
Year Founded 1562
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations Next 100 Castles, Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features gates, turrets, stone walls, walls
Visitor Information
Access JR Usuki Sta. (Nippo Line), 10 min walk
Visitor Information no entrance fees
Time Required An hour or less
Website autumn/usuki.html
Location Usuki, Oita Prefecture
Coordinates 33° 7' 18.59" N, 131° 48' 14.76" E
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Added to Jcastle 2012
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Matthew WardGunshi

12 months ago
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Apparently the Tatami Yagura and Utanoguchi-mon-Yagura are originals.


136 months ago
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I didn't expected alot of this site, but i was surprized to see alot of informationpanels around the site, even in english. It's a nice little park to go to and it isn't far from the station. There is another reconstructed tower, the Utonoguchi-mon-wakiyagura. This is at the other end of the castle-grounds than the other reconstructed towers. I'll send photos of it when i'll be back at home. This is a site to visit when you're in the area.