Akō Castle

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Akō Castle
Akashi, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
141115 Ako Castle Ako Hyogo pref Japan01bs3.jpg
Type Japanese castle
Site information
Condition Ruins, though a few buildings have been reconstructed
Site history
Built Circa 1615
Built by Asano Naganao
In use 1615 to the Meiji Restoration
Materials Earth, stone, and wood
Demolished Meiji Restoration
Honmaru Garden

Akō Castle (赤穂城, Akō-jō?) is a flatland castle located in Akō, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The castle is a nationally designated Historic Site and its gardens a Place of Scenic Beauty.[1][2]


Construction of Akō Castle took 13 years to complete the 12 gates and 10 yagura, or towers. The castle was built on the seashore, and at the time of its construction, one could set sail from docks located in the castle. The construction was done under the surveillance of Asano Naganao, who became lord of the region in 1615. During the Meiji Restoration, Akō Castle was partly dismantled, along with many other castles. However, several buildings have since been re-constructed, following the end of the Second World War.[3]

This Akō castle should not to be confused with an earlier fortification located to the north.



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

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Media related to Akō Castle at Wikimedia Commons
Google (16 July 2013). "Akō Castle on Google maps" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 16 July 2013.  Coordinates: 34°44′44″N 134°23′20″E / 34.745669°N 134.388983°E / 34.745669; 134.388983