Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

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Yodo Castle

Images: Daniel O'Grady


Yodo Domain

松平 (久松)
1625 - 1633

Matsudaira (Hisamatsu) Clan

35,000 Koku

1633 - 1669

Nagai Clan

100,000 Koku

1669 - 1711

Ishikawa Clan

60,000 Koku

松平 (戸田)
1711 - 1717

Matsudaira (Toda) Clan

60,000 Koku

松平 (大給)
1717 - 1723

Matsudaira (Ōgyū) Clan

60,000 Koku

1723 - 1871

Inaba Clan

102,000 Koku

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.

Google Map Views (グーグルマップ)

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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.