Fukuchiyama Castle

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Fukuchiyama Castle
福知山城
Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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The tenshu (keep) of Fukuchiyama Castle
Type hilltop
Site information
Owner City of Fukuchiyama
Condition Tenshu and a few other buildings reconstructed
Site history
Built 1572
In use 1572-1872
Built by Yokoyama clan
Materials stone, earthwork, wood
Garrison information
Occupants Yokoyama clan, Akechi Mitsuhide
Toyoiwa-no-I

Fukuchiyama Castle (福知山城 Fukuchiyama-jō?) is a castle located in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.

History[edit]

Fukuchiyama Castle was originally built and ruled by the Yokoyama family.[1] Following the capture of Tanba in 1576, Akechi Mitsuhide reconstructed the castle on the foundations of the older fortification in 1580. However, the castle, along with many other castles in Japan, was destroyed in 1872 during the Meiji Restoration in the Japanese government's attempts to modernize Japan.[2]

Today[edit]

In 1986, the tenshu, or keep, of Fukuchiyama Castle was re-built following a spirited campaign by residents of the city of Fukuchiyama. It now serves as a local history museum. Also, a well named Toyoiwa-no-I is located in the castle, and is the deepest well of any castle in Japan. Many original stone walls still stand.

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Welcome to Kyoto - Fukuchiyama Castle Folk Museum
  2. ^ Kansai Collection

Literature[edit]

  • Schmorleitz, Morton S. (1974). Castles in Japan. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co. ISBN 0-8048-1102-4. 

Coordinates: 35°17′48″N 135°07′47″E / 35.296753°N 135.129625°E / 35.296753; 135.129625