|Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, Japan|
The original wooden tenshu (keep) of Uwajima Castle
|Type||Hirayamajiro (hilltop castle)|
|Condition||The tenshu and some ruins remain.|
|Built by||Toyotomi Hidenaga|
|In use||1596 to Meiji Restoration|
|Materials||Earth, stone, and wood|
|Demolished||Most of the castle during the Meiji Restoration, though the tenshu survived.|
Uwajima Castle (宇和島城 Uwajima-jō?) is a hirayama-jiro (Japanese castle on a hill on a plain) in Uwajima, Ehime, Japan. An alternate name for this castle is Tsurushima-jō. This castle is well known as one of the twelve Japanese castles to still have an original donjon built in the Edo Period.
This castle was constructed by Tōdō Takatora, a Daimyō, in 1596 after being given a small fiefdom by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1595. This castle experienced major repairs and expansion by Date Munetoshi in 1671.
Uwajima castle has an Important Cultural Property selected by Japanese government:
- Tenshukaku (Donjon Tower)
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