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南部氏1600 - 1871
盛岡城Morioka Castle is classified as a hilltop castle (its layout: Renkakushiki), and is located in Iwate Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Mutsu Province. It is associated with the Nanbu clan. Dates in use: 1598 - 1871.
This castle was built by the Nanbu clan to better control the local waterways. It's white-granite stone walls stand in contrast to other castles in the Tōhoku region where earthen walls are the norm. This is yet another example of a castle built without a Tenshu (main tower). Instead, upon the Tenshidai (main tower foundations), a three-story turret was built.
|1598||Coming here from Kunohe Castle, Nanbu Nobunao commenced the building of fortifications.|
|1633||The castle fortifications were completed by the third generation Nanbu lord.|
|1634||A fire destroyed the main tower. The Nanbu clan returned briefly to Kunohe Castle.|
|1635||Several repairs were completed (but the main tower was not rebuilt) & the castle was again inhabited by the Nanbu.|
|1673||The castle underwent refurbishment.|
|1871||The castle was abandoned.|
|1874||All buildings were demolished.|
|Site||National Historic Site|