Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

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Obama Castle

Images: Fujinamiism


Obama Domain

1600 - 1634

Kyōgoku Clan

85,000 Koku

1634 - 1870

Sakai Clan

113,000 Koku

Obama Castle is classified as a flatland castle (its layout: Rinkakushiki), and is located in Fukui Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Wakasa Province. It is associated with the Kyōgoku, Sakai clans. Dates in use: 1601 - 1871.

Almost completely surrounded by water, the setting of this castle is just fantastic. It sits on the shores of the Sea of Japan, on a needle-like peninsular formed by two rivers. Classified as a Flatland castle, it easily satisfies the criteria of Water castle. The original castle was quite a compact site with a large number of turrets, bridges & gates. It was one of a select group of castles that had retained its main tower for most of the Edo period.

Nowadays, the castle is all but forgotten. Though, I do notice Obama trending on Twitter. Curious. The stonework of the inner-most enclosure has survived to the present and sits amongst a crowd of houses.

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1601 Construction of the castle was initiated by the Kyōgoku Clan.
1634 The Sakai clan were transferred here.
1636 The three-story central tower was completed.
1871 The majority of the buildings were torched. The central tower would last a few more years.
1872 Sections of stonework on the eastern side of the castle were dismantled.
1874 The castle was finally decommissioned, and the main tower was brought down.
1875 A shrine was built in the main enclosure of the castle.

Historical recognition

SitePrefectural Historic Site