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Usuki Castle

Usuki Castle
(Bungo Province/Oita Prefecture)

Usuki-jo was built in the 5th year of Eiroku era (1562) by Sourin Ohtomo. Sourin made it his base, and it was an international city that welcomes ships from countries such as Portugal at the port in the castle town and was visited by merchants and propagators.
After the Ohtomo clan came Naotaka Fukuhara and Kazuyoshi Ohta, who became rulers of the city, and after Sekigahara war came Sadamichi Inaba. The Inaba clan ruled the castle throughout the Edo period until the Meiji restoration.
The castle is build on Nyuu-jima island, afloat in the gulf of Usuki and boasted a firm defense due to its floating nature. The circumference is now filled.

(2008/5/25 )

Usuki Castle
The ruins of Main gate
Usuki Castle The ruins of Main gate
Abumi slope
Usuki Castle Abumi slope
Tatami turret
Usuki Castle Tatami turret
Daimon turret
Usuki Castle Daimon turret
Second enclosure
Usuki Castle Second enclosure
Main enclosure
Usuki Castle Main enclosure
Utonoguchi-mon-waki turret
Usuki Castle Utonoguchi-mon-waki turret
Castle town
Usuki Castle Castle town


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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Usuki Castle The ruins of Main gate

The ruins of Main gate



Usuki Castle Abumi slope

Abumi slope



Usuki Castle Tatami turret

Tatami turret



Usuki Castle Daimon turret

Daimon turret



Usuki Castle Second enclosure

Second enclosure



Usuki Castle Main enclosure

Main enclosure



Usuki Castle Utonoguchi-mon-waki turret

Utonoguchi-mon-waki turret



Usuki Castle Castle town

Castle town




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