Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

Castles of the Samurai: Power and Beauty Samurai's Blood

Nagahama Castle

Images: Daniel O'Grady

Nagahama Castle is classified as a hilltop castle, and is located in Shiga Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Ōmi Province. It is associated with the Toyotomi clan. Dates in use: 1575 - 1615.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi established this castle in the 1500's. He had been established at Odani castle but it's remote location made administration of the lands difficult. Hideyoshi was here for just a few short years, and the castle itself had a relatively short life being decommissioned after just 40 years of use.

There are many shops in the area surrounding the castle that are not only historic in nature themselves but also deal in traditional crafts.


1575 Toyotomi Hideyoshi moved here from nearby Odani mountain-top castle and established this castle.
1582 The Shibata clan were transferred here.
1583 After the Battle of Shizugatake, Yamauchi Kazutoyo was transferred here.
1591 Kazutoyo was transferred to Kakegawa Castle & the Naito clan were transferred here.
1615 The castle was decommissioned. Many of the remaining materials were transported South & used in the building of Hikone castle
1983 The castle was reconstructed.

Historical recognition

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