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Oka Castle

Oka Castle
(Bungo Province/Oita Prefecture)

Oka-jo is a castle built on a mountain pincered by the Inaba and Shirataki rivers, along which are cliffs. The castle was built in the 1st year of Bunji era (1185), and the builder was said to be the local aristocrat Koreyoshi Ogata. Thereafter, Bungo's governor Ootomo's subordinate Shiga clan became the ruler, and defended successfully against Satsuma's Shimazu forces in the 14th year of Tensho era (1586).
In 1594, Ootomo lost his footing, and Hideshige Nakagawa was assigned to the castle instead, building it into the stonewalled castle today. In the 3rd year of Kanbun era (1662), the Nishinomaru Goten was finished, as it can be seen today. Impressive stonewalls can still be seen nowadays, especially the Sanno-Maru stone walls built on the overwhelmingly inaccessible cliffs.

(2008/5/25 )

Oka Castle
Main gate
Oka Castle Main gate
Saura Riding ground
Oka Castle Saura Riding ground
West Naka-shikiri
Oka Castle West Naka-shikiri
Third enclosure
Oka Castle Third enclosure
Second enclosure
Oka Castle Second enclosure
Main enclosure
Oka Castle Main enclosure
East Naka-shikiri
Oka Castle East Naka-shikiri
Shimobaru gate
Oka Castle Shimobaru gate
Makanaikata (Nishinomaru enclosure)
Oka Castle Makanaikata (Nishinomaru enclosure)
Chief vassal's residence (Nishinomaru enclosure)
Oka Castle Chief vassal's residence (Nishinomaru enclosure)
West enclosure palace
Oka Castle West enclosure palace
Chikado gate
Oka Castle Chikado gate
Nanamagari slope
Oka Castle Nanamagari slope


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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Oka Castle Main gate

Main gate



Oka Castle Saura Riding ground

Saura Riding ground



Oka Castle West Naka-shikiri

West Naka-shikiri



Oka Castle Third enclosure

Third enclosure



Oka Castle Second enclosure

Second enclosure



Oka Castle Main enclosure

Main enclosure



Oka Castle East Naka-shikiri

East Naka-shikiri



Oka Castle Shimobaru gate

Shimobaru gate



Oka Castle Makanaikata (Nishinomaru enclosure)

Makanaikata (Nishinomaru enclosure)



Oka Castle Chief vassal's residence (Nishinomaru enclosure)

Chief vassal's residence (Nishinomaru enclosure)



Oka Castle West enclosure palace

West enclosure palace



Oka Castle Chikado gate

Chikado gate



Oka Castle Nanamagari slope

Nanamagari slope




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