Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

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Akashi Castle

Images: Daniel O'Grady


Akashi Domain

1617 - 1632

Ogasawara  Clan

100,000 Koku

1633 - 1639

Toda Clan

70,000 Koku

1639 - 1649

Ōkubo Clan

70,000 Koku

松平 (藤井)
1649 - 1679

Matsudaira (Fujii) Clan

70,000 Koku

1679 - 1682

Honda Clan

60,000 Koku

松平 (越前)
1682 - 1871

Matsudaira (Etchizen) Clan

60,000 Koku

Akashi Castle is classified as a hilltop castle, and is located in Hyōgo Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Harima Province. It is associated with the Ogasawara, Matsudaira (Echizen) clans. Dates in use: 1619 - 1874.

This was one of many castles in the area, either constructed or expanded upon, to defend against those who posed a threat to the Tokugawa shogunate. Utilising raw materials and even whole buildings from castles that had been decommissioned in 1615, allowed it to be built in an incredibly short amount of time.

The base of a central tower does exist though nothing ever stood there. Instead the main enclosure was defended by 4 three-story towers, two of which still stand. The central tower base is located to the West, just behind the Hitsujisaru turret.

Though there are several visible differences in the two remaining towers of Akashi castle, they are very similar in style & dimensions. What is surprising is that both towers had very different origins. The Hisujisaru Turret made its way here via Fushimi castle and the Tatsumi Turret was relocated here via Funage castle. The Funage castle ruins are actually located within short distance to the West of Akashi castle.

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1617 The Ogasawara clan were transferred to nearby Funage Castle.
1619 This castle was completed.
1633 The Toda branch of the Matsudaira clan were stationed here.
1639 The Okubo clan were stationed here.
1649 The Fuji branch of the Matsudaira clan were stationed here.
1679 The Honda clan were stationed here.
1682 The Echizen branch of the Matsudaira clan were stationed here.
1874 The castle was abandoned.
1881 The north-eastern Inui Turret was dismantled.
1901 The north-western Ushitora Turret was dismantled.
1995 Akashi Castle incurred damage in the Hanshin Earthquake.

Historical recognition

SiteNational Historic Site
Hitsujisaru TurretImportant Cultural Property
Tatsumi TurretImportant Cultural Property