Hinoe Castle

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Hinoe Castle from the air

Hinoe Castle (日野江城, Hinoe-jō) is a castle located in Minamishimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. The castle was originally built in the 13th century. It belonged to the Arima clan, and was the residence of the Christian daimyō. In 1637, during the Shimabara Rebellion, it was burned down by the forces of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The castle's ruins can still be seen.[1]



  1. ^ Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki (Hinoe Castle): "The 14th lord, Harunobu (1567–1612) was a Christian daimyō and refurbished his castle into a large scale which had gardens, a tea arbor and many rooms. There remain stone walls around the site of the front gate. A recent survey reveals that the construction materials including the stone steps were diverted from tombstones in Buddhist grave-yards which the lord had demolished. The fact indicates the religious situation in those days when Christianity was flourishing. In 1982, the location of the ruined castle was designated as a National Historic Site."

Coordinates: 32°39′36″N 130°15′10″E / 32.659953°N 130.252801°E / 32.659953; 130.252801