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|Controlled by||Satsuma Domain (1601–1874)|
|Built by||Shimazu Iehisa|
|Occupants||Daimyō of Satsuma|
This castle was constructed by Shimazu Iehisa in 1601. In 1600 Shimazu Yoshihiro, the father of Iehisa, was defeated at the Battle of Sekigahara as a daimyō of the western alliance, by the eastern alliance led by Tokugawa Ieyasu. This castle was built after the defeat and in the severe political tension with Ieyasu.
This castle is notable for the small scale and fairly poor quality as a main castle of one of the richest daimyōs in Japan. It is said that Shimazu was afraid of giving the Tokugawa an excuse to attack Shimazu territory by making too large a castle.
The castle is now only ruins, with moats and stone walls. But Otemon Gate was reconstructed in 2018. Reimeikan, Kagoshima Prefectural Center for Historical Material is on site.
- Benesch, Oleg and Ran Zwigenberg (2019). Japan's Castles: Citadels of Modernity in War and Peace. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 374. ISBN 9781108481946.
- Schmorleitz, Morton S. (1974). Castles in Japan. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co. ISBN 0-8048-1102-4.
- "日本100名城 鹿児島城" (in Japanese). 日本城郭協会. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
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