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by Daniel O'Grady

       
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Morioka Castle

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盛岡藩

Morioka Domain


南部氏
1600 - 1871

Nanbu Clan

100,000 Koku

盛岡城
Morioka Castle is classified as a hilltop castle (its layout: Renkakushiki), and is located in Iwate Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Mutsu Province. It is associated with the Nanbu clan. Dates in use: 1598 - 1871.

This castle was built by the Nanbu clan to better control the local waterways. It's white-granite stone walls stand in contrast to other castles in the Tōhoku region where earthen walls are the norm. This is yet another example of a castle built without a Tenshu (main tower). Instead, upon the Tenshidai (main tower foundations), a three-story turret was built.

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Timeline

1598 Coming here from Kunohe Castle, Nanbu Nobunao commenced the building of fortifications.
1599 Nobunao died.
1633 The castle fortifications were completed by the third generation Nanbu lord.
1634 A fire destroyed the main tower. The Nanbu clan returned briefly to Kunohe Castle.
1635 Several repairs were completed (but the main tower was not rebuilt) & the castle was again inhabited by the Nanbu.
1673 The castle underwent refurbishment.
1871 The castle was abandoned.
1874 All buildings were demolished.

Historical recognition

SiteNational Historic Site