Images: Daniel O'Grady
松平 (久松)1625 - 1633
Matsudaira (Hisamatsu) Clan
永井氏1633 - 1669
石川氏1669 - 1711
松平 (戸田)1711 - 1717
Matsudaira (Toda) Clan
松平 (大給)1717 - 1723
Matsudaira (Ōgyū) Clan
稲葉氏1723 - 1871
淀城Yodo Castle is classified as a flatland castle (its layout: Teikakushiki), and is located in Kyōto. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Yamashiro Province. It is associated with the Matsudaira, Inaba clans. Dates in use: 1623 - 1871.
Upon completion this castle boasted a five-layer main tower courtesy of Nijo castle, 38 turrets & 22 gates. It was built to replace nearby Fushimi castle. In fact, buildings & materials from Fushimi & Shoruji castles, an older Yodo castle & most notably, Himeji castle, were used in its construction.
Currently, the castle is used as a playground & on the day of my visit, a large number of local residents were doing their part to maintain its appearance. The darker side to Yodo castle is that it is also used as a bicycle park for the local train station & apparently as a graveyard for stolen scooters.
|1623||Construction of the castle started.|
|1625||Construction of the castle was completed.|
|1633||The Nagai clan were stationed here.|
|1669||The Ishikawa clan were stationed here.|
|1711||The Toda branch of the Matsudaira clan were stationed here.|
|1723||The Inaba clan were stationed here.|
|1756||A lightning strike destroys many of the buildings including the main tower. Some of the lost structures were rebuilt.|
|1868||The castle was abandoned.|