Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

The Baur Collection: Japanese Sword-Fittings and Associated Metalwork Strongholds of the Samurai: Japanese Castles 250-1877

Minakuchi Castle

Images: Japan - Photo


Minakuchi Domain

1682 - 1695

Katō Clan

20,000 Koku

1695 - 1712

Torii Clan

20,000 Koku

1712 - 1871

Katō Clan

25,000 Koku

Minakuchi Castle is classified as a flatland castle, and is located in Shiga Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Ōmi Province. It is associated with the Katō clan. Dates in use: 1634 - 1873.

The third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu, had this castle built to fulfill a rather specific role. It was to serve as a rest stop when traveling between Kyōto & the capital of Edo. The Shogun actually only stayed there once & even the lords who were stationed here during the life of the castle didn't use the palace but had their lodgings in the second enclosure.

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1634 The castle was constructed.
1682 Katō Akitomo was stationed here.
1695 The Torii clan were stationed here.
1712 The Katō clan were once again stationed here.
1713 The Honmaru Palace was removed by order of the Shogunate.
1875 The castle was abandoned.

Historical recognition

SitePrefectural Historic Site