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Kitsuki Castle

Kitsuki Castle
(Bungo Province/Oita Prefecture)

Kitsuki-jo was the residence of the Kitsuki clan, a branch of the Otomo clan (hence the name). It is also called Daiyama-jo and Gagyu-jo. The Kitsuki clan originally had a castle elsewhere, but in the 1st year of Ouei era (1394) built the castle that stands today.
In the 15th year of Tensho era (1587) the castle met an attack from the Satsuma Shimazu army, but the 16th Shizunao repelled them. In the 2nd year of Bunroku era (1593), the Otomo clan lost its footing, and the ruler Munenao and his father Shizunao commited suicide, ending the Kitsuki clan. In their places, Gen'i Maeda and Nagafusa Sugihara took over, and then changed to the Hosokawa clan in the 4th year of Keicho era (1599) with his vassal Matsui clan in place. After the Hosokawa clan moved to Higo, Tadamoto Ogasawara and afterwards Noumi Matsudaira ruled it until the late Tokugawa Shogunate.
The reason why the original name Kitsuki (木付) was changed to Kitsuki (杵築) was that in the 2nd year of Shotoku era (1712), the name was differently spelled by mistake in the letter given by shogun, and the name was used thusly after. The castle is build upon the meeting point of the Yasaka and Takayama rivers. The castle area is now prepared as a garden, with a model castle tower. The castle foot has a town modelling the Edo period streets.

(2008/5/25 )

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Kitadai Samurai residence
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Minamidai Samurai residence
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Bungo Province
Funai Castle
Oka Castle
Hiji Castle
Kitsuki Castle
Usuki Castle
Saiki Castle
Tsunomure Castle
Hinokuma Castle
Nagayama Castle

Oita Prefecture
Funai Castle
Oka Castle
Hiji Castle
Kitsuki Castle
Usuki Castle
Saiki Castle
Tsunomure Castle
Hinokuma Castle
Nagayama Castle
Nakatsu Castle

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