NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉

2007/1/26

中津城 Nakatsu-jo Nakatsu Castle

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Nakatsu Castle is a 'water castle' located in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture. Construction of the castle was undertaken by the master of fortifications, Yoshitaka Kuroda, who was gifted six Toyomae counties by Hideyoshi Toyotomi.

The foundations for the castle were arranged in a fan shape on a piece of land near the mouth of the Yamakuni River, and it was also known as 'fan castle'. Due to the fact that the Yamakuni River flows into the Toyomae sea, the castle moat is filled with seawater. This makes Nakatsu Castle a water castle, and it is counted as one of the three best water castles in Japan.

Inside the castle are many interesting displays of costumes, swords, armory, as well as old pictures and writings. Nakatsu Castle is now part of Nakatsu Park. It is also part of the premises of Nakatsu Shrine. A mock main keep and corner tower were built in 1964 and are currently used as a museum.

Nakatsu Castle is an ancient fortress built during the Warring States period, and is also the symbol of Nakatsu.

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Ninocho, Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture, 871-0058
name
Nakatsu Castle
phone
0979-22-3651




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