Funai Castle 府内城
Southwest Yagura
Picture Donated by Frank T.
Founder Fukuhara Naotaka
Year 1597
Type Flatland
Condition Other Buildings
Alternate Name Oita-jo, Oita Funai-jo, Nioroshi-jo, Niage-jo, Hakuchi-jo
Reconstructed 1965 (turrets, tamon, Otemon gate), 1996 (covered bridge)
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Historical Site Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Value Top 100 Castles
Location Oita City
Map Google Map
Access JR Oita Station (Nippo Line); 10 min walk
Website Oita Sightseeing
Visitor Info. Entry is free, parking is not | Time Required: One hour or less
History Fukuhara Naotaka moved from Usuki and started building the castle in 1597. The castle was completed 2 years later. Fukuhara was sent back to Usuki and replaced by Hayakawa Nagamasa. Hayakawa joined the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara and committed seppuku. The new lord Takenaka Shigetoshi started renovating much of the castle and built the main keep in 1602. Shigetoshi's son Shigeyoshi committed seppuku in 1634 for his part in a scandal while he was the Nagasaki Bugyo (governor of the port of Nagasaki). He was replaced by Hineno Yoshiaki. Yoshiaki died in 1656 and from that point, Funai Castle was ruled by the Matsudaira, starting with Matsudaira Tadaaki.
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  • furinkazan on My Page    April 25, 2013 at 04:59 PM
    The site has several reconstructed towers and some ishigaki. There is no museum. The nihon 100 meijo stamp is at the entrance of the cultural hall, which is on the castle-grounds. There is a lovely park next to the tenshukakudai. Imo the most interesting building on this site is the roukabashi, which is the only structure where you can enter.
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Oita City
Funai Castle views
Southwest Yagura Otemon Gate
Otemon Gate Rokabashi
Rokabashi Rokabashi Bridge and bailey
Main keep foundation Southeast Yagura
Southeast yagura Otemon Gate