Images: Daniel O'Grady
鞠智城Kikuchi Castle is classified as a mountain castle, and is located in Kumamoto Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Higo Province. It is associated with the Yamato Court. Dates in use: 7C - ???.
Yet another castle that I'd continually put off seeing, but what a pleasure it was to visit. Truly informative, multi-lingual signs & displays, and the staff are super friendly. Irrespective of what there actually was to see at the site, it was these secondary factors that made it a complete joy.
The main focal point of the site is the octagonal drum-tower. Well, from here on in, I should preface all comments with as allegedly, because a lot of guesswork has gone into the appearance & roles of each building at this site. All-in-all though, it is a great place to visit should you be in Kumamoto.
|7C||Though the exact date is unknown, It was built some time after 663.|
|698||It was ordered by the government of Dazaifu that this castle, along with Ōno & Kii castles, be repaired.|
|858||February - It had been officially recorded that the beating of a drum could be heard emanating from one of the castle's store-houses.|
|858||June - Once again, it had been recorded that a drum could be heard emanating from one of the castle's store-houses. Several rice store-houses burnt to the ground.|
|875||Flocks of crows caused great damage to the thatched roofs.|
|879||Yet again, It had been officially recorded that the beating of a drum could be heard.|
|1967||Excavation of the site commenced. The sites of 72 in all were unearthed.|
|1994||The reconstruction of selected buildings commenced.|
|2004||The site was designated a National Historic site.|
|Site||National Historic Site|