浅野氏1600 - 1619
徳川氏1619 - 1869
和歌山城Wakayama Castle is classified as a hilltop castle (its layout: Renkakushiki), and is located in Wakayama Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Kii Province. It is associated with the Tokugawa clan. Dates in use: 1585 - 1871.
An older castle existed at this site by the name of Ōta castle. When Hideyoshi's armies swept through the Kii peninsular on their mission to unify Japan, the samurai, monks & peasants seeking refuge within the castle found the water levels surrounding the castle on the rise. The reason for this was Hideyoshi had three dams built to flood the castle. Isolated & with no provisions, an heroic but unsuccessful final charge was made by the defenders.
The main tower, turrets & connecting walls enclose the tiny peak of Torafusa. In times past Wakayama Castle was considered one of the top three hilltop castles but WWII brought with it the destruction of the main buildings. Today just two old gates complement this concrete reconstruction.
|1585||Toyotomi Hidenaga was ordered to build the castle.|
|1586||Kuwayama Shigeharu was stationed here by Hidenaga.|
|1600||The Asano clan were stationed here. Some repair work was undertaken on the stone walls.|
|1619||Tokugawa Yorinobu oversaw renovation & repairs to the castle.|
|1846||The main tower was destroyed by a lightning strike.|
|1850||The main tower was rebuilt after special permission was granted by the Shogunate.|
|1871||The castle was abandoned.|
|1909||The Ote Gate collapsed.|
|1945||The Okaguchi Gate was the only structure to remain undamaged by WWII bombing.|
|1958||The main tower & turrets of the main enclosure were reconstructed.|
|1983||The Ote Gate was rebuilt.|
|2007||The covered walkway connecting the Nino & Nishino enclosures was rebuilt.|
|Site||National Historic Site|
|Okaguchi Gate||Important Cultural Property|
|Oimawashi Gate||City designated Important Cultural Property|