Uwajima Castle

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Uwajima Castle
宇和島城
Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
Uwajima-jo.JPG
The original wooden tenshu (keep) of Uwajima Castle
Type Hirayamajiro (hilltop castle)
Site information
Condition The tenshu and some ruins remain.
Site history
Built 1585-1586
In use 1596 to Meiji Restoration
Built by Toyotomi Hidenaga
Materials Earth, stone, and wood
Height Three stories

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.

History[edit]

This castle was constructed by Tōdō Takatora, a Daimyō, in 1596 after being given a small fiefdom by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1595.[1] This castle experienced major repairs and expansion by Date Munetoshi in 1671.

Cultural Property[edit]

Uwajima castle has an Important Cultural Property selected by Japanese government:

  • Tenshukaku (Donjon Tower)

Access[edit]

References[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Mitchelhill, Jennifer (2013). Castles of the Samurai:Power & Beauty. USA: Kodansha. ISBN 978-1568365121. 
  • Schmorleitz, Morton S. (1974). Castles in Japan. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co. ISBN 0-8048-1102-4. 
  • Motoo, Hinago (1986). Japanese Castles. Tokyo: Kodansha. pp. 200 pages. ISBN 0-87011-766-1. 

Coordinates: 33°13′10.12″N 132°33′54.85″E / 33.2194778°N 132.5652361°E / 33.2194778; 132.5652361