Images: Daniel O'Grady
生駒氏1600 - 1640
松平氏1642 - 1871
高松城Takamatsu Castle is classified as a flatland castle (its layout: Rinkakushiki), and is located in Kagawa Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Sanuki Province. It is associated with the Ikoma, Matsudaira (Mito) clans. Dates in use: 1590 - 1869.
Sizable sections of Takamatsu castle's stonework and most of the Edo-period turrets & gates had been dismantled after the fief system was abolished in 1869. A handful of buildings have managed to survive though, and at present, major efforts are underway to restore much of what remains. There is even a chance we'll be seeing a fully-restored main tower in the coming years.
Recent years have seen some big changes taken place. Since my visit here in November 2001, a covered walkway spanning the moat between the Ni-no-maru & the main enclosure was built. Years later though, it had to be partly dismantled to allow restoration work to be carried out on the Hon-maru's foundations.
The upper-most level of Takamatsu's three-layered, three-storied main tower overhung the level directly below it. This unusual style was known as Kara zukuri (唐造) and became later known as Nanban zukuri (南蛮造り). The lowest level of Takamatsu castle's main tower overhung its stone base just as it did at Hagi castle & does at Kumamoto castle.
|1588||The Ikoma Clan commenced construction of the castle.|
|1639||After falling out of favour with the Tokugawa Shogunate, the Ikoma clan were transferred to a much smaller fief in distant Dewa province.|
|1642||The Mito branch of the Matsudaira clan were stationed here.|
|1669||Renovations were made to the three-layered, five storied main tower.|
|1671||The castle underwent repairs.|
|1676||The Tsukimi Turret was built.|
|1677||The Ushitora Turret was built.|
|1869||The castle was abandoned.|
|1884||The main tower was torn down.|
|1917||The Hiunkaku (San-no-maru palace) was completed. The beautifully-maintained complex is quite large and has several wings.||2009||A tile decorated with the Ikoma clan's family crest was excavated from the moat that surrounds the base of the main tower.|
|Site||National Historic Site|
|Tsukimi Turret||Important Cultural Property|
|Watari Turret||Important Cultural Property|
|Mizute Gate||Important Cultural Property|
|Ushitora Turret||Important Cultural Property|