Izushi Castle 出石城
Founder Koide Yoshihide
Year 1599
Type Hilltop
Condition Other Buildings
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Location Izushi, Hyogo Pref
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Access Toyooka Sta. (Line), bus to Izushi, 5 min walk from the last bus stop
Visited Sept 26, 2013
History After the Battle of Sekigahara (1600), the political climate became significantly more stable and there were no more local battles. Because of this, Koide Yoshihide, decided to fortify the area around the foot of his mountaintop castle, Arikoyama Castle, and built Izushi Castle in 1605. Arikoyama Castle was abandoned and Izushi Castle became the main castle for the Tajima Domain under the one castle per country law. A main keep was never built at Izushi Castle, but it was well fortified with several baileys, moats, and yagura. Four main baileys start at the base of the mountain and go up in steps. The highest bailey, Inari Kuruwa, is thought to have been the location of the lord's palace for Arikoyama Castle. The castle town was also designed for defense of the castle. The samurai quarters surround the outside of the castle and several temples were strategically placed near main roads and entrances that could also be used for defense if needed. The Koide ruled until 1697, when Izushi was ransferred to the Matsudaira who ruled until 1706. In 1706 Matsudaira Tadanori was transferred to Ueda Castle and Sengoku Masaaki, lord of Ueda Castle, was moved to Izushi Castle. The Sengoku clan continue to rule over Izushi Castle until the Meiji Restoration.
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  • findlayjamie    August 14, 2016 at 10:59 AM
    I came here on an excursion from Toyooka. Well worth the out-of-the-way trip, not so much for the castle (which is fairly small), but for the castle town, with a great atmosphere. The main streets are quite busy, but the walk along the river below the castle is lovely and quiet.
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Izushi, Hyogo Pref
Izushi Castle views
Tojomon Gate East sumiyagura
East sumiyagura and stone walls East sumiyagura
East and West sumiyagura and stone walls West sumiyagura
Stone walls West sumiyagura and red torii
West sumiyagura The Inari shrine in the Inari Bailey
View from the Inari Bailey High stone walls of the Inari Bailey.
Shinkoro Clock Tower Stone walls
Stone walls Stone walls
Nagayamon Gate of the Karoyashiki Karoyashiki home.
Inside the second floor of the house Kyooji Temple
Kenshoji Temple Fukujoji Temple