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伊東氏1587 - 1871
飫肥城Obi Castle is classified as a hilltop castle, and is located in Miyazaki Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Hyūga Province. It is associated with the Shimazu, Itō clans. Dates in use: 1458 - 1871.
Until Hideyoshi's armies swept through the area in 1587, numerous battles were fought between the Shimazu & Itō clans for possession of this castle. Once possession was secured by the Itō clan, The castle was enlarged & improved with the castle town protected on three sides by the Sakatani river.
Much stonework remains though damaged in some places by earthquakes. A reconstructed main gate, a fence gate, the Yoshokan residence & an historical museum are located on the grounds. Also, several old samurai residences still exist nearby which can be visited.
|1346||Fortifications were built.|
|1458||The Shimazu clan expanded & improved the castle.|
|1484||The Itō clan invaded from the north of Hyuga to take possession of the castle.|
|1577||The Shimazu clan defeated the Itō clan to gain control of the area. Prior to this the Itō clan were in possession of a network of 48 castle.|
|1587||The Itō clan regained control of the area after the Shimazu submitted to Hideyoshi.|
|1684||The castle was repaired after damage caused by an earthquake.|
|1693||Repairs were completed.|
|1869||The castle was abandoned.|
|1870||The Yoshokan Palace was built.|
|1873||All castle related structures were torn down.|
|1978||The Ote Gate was rebuilt.|
|Site||City designated Historic Site|