Images: Daniel O'Grady
田中氏1601 - 1620
有馬氏1621 - 1871
久留米城Kurume Castle is classified as a hilltop castle, and is located in Fukuoka Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Chikugo Province. It is associated with the Arima clan. Dates in use: 1504 - 1871.
Located on an elbow of the Chikugo river is Kurume castle, known locally as Sasayama Castle. The stonework of the innermost enclosure & sections of its moat are all that remains of the original fortifications. Surrounding the palace & protecting the main enclosure were seven turrets, the largest being named the Tatsumi Turret. All turrets were three stories high & connected by two & single story turrets.
There's easy access to the stonework only on the southern & eastern sides. Housing is built right up to the foundations on the western side & the northern side is completely overgrown. Occupying the Hon-maru now is the Sasayama shrine & a small hall exhibiting items of the Arima clan, the former lords of the castle. There are two surviving gates, both of which are far, and one of which has been relocated.
|The castle constructed during Eisho in the latter part of the Muromachi period.|
|1587||The fief was awarded to the Mōri by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The castle was upgraded.|
|1600||The Mōri lost the fief having sided with the Western army at Sekigahara.|
|1601||The Tanaka clan were awarded the fief.|
|1620||The Tanaka lord died without an heir.|
|1621||Arima Toyouji took control of the fief. Kurume castle was reconstructed using stones dismantled from Mihara castle.|
|1631||The Chikuzen moat was completed with the guidance of Kuroda Nagamasa.|
|1691||The castle was finally completed.|
|1871||The castle was abandoned & dismantled.|
|1877||Sasayama shrine was built in the Honmaru of the castle.|
|1983||The site was designated a Fukuoka Prefecture cultural asset.|
|Site||Prefectural Historic Site|