Bitchu Takamatsu Castle 備中高松城
|Alternate Name||Takamatsu Castle|
|Admin's Rating||★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆|
|Historical Site||National Historic Site|
|Location||Okayama City, Okayama Pref.|
|Access||10 min Walk from Bitchu Takamatsu Station OR Kibi Kogen Cycling Path|
|Visitor Info.||Free | Time Required: 40 minutes|
|History||The original castle was built by the Ishikawa clan, one of the highest ranking retainers of the Mimura clan in nearby Matsuyama. In 1575, the Mimura and Ishikawa were conquered by the Mori who placed Shimizu Munehara as lord of the castle. During Hideyoshi's campaigns in the area in 1582, he forced Shimizu to surrender (aka: commit seppuku) after he successfully built canals to divert the Ashimori River and flood the castle grounds trapping Muneharu in his own castle. This plan was particularly successful because the castle sits in a relatively wet lowland area and the attack took during the rainy season. The castle was put under control of the Hanabusa family, retainers of the Ukita until it was decommissioned under the one castle per country law.|
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Okayama City, Okayama Pref.