Images: Daniel O'Grady
細川氏1600 - 1632
小笠原氏1632 - 1716
奥平氏1717 - 1871
中津城Nakatsu Castle is classified as a flatland castle, and is located in Ōita Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Buzen Province. It is associated with the Ogasawara, Okudaira clans. Dates in use: 1587 - 1871.
This castle along with Imabari & Takamatsu castles are noted as the Top Three Water Castles due to their utilisation of rivers and/or the ocean to enhance their defences. The main tower was reconstructed in the 60's to promote tourism & was actually modeled after that of Hagi Castle.
All in all, a very under-whelming castle to visit. For those seeking out the authentic remains of the castle there really is only a minor section of moat & the foundations of the main tower & attached turret. Quite obviously there is a main tower but no-one knows what the original one looked like.
|1588||Castle constructed by Kuroda Josui.|
|1600||The Hosokawa Clan were stationed here.|
|1632||The Ogasawara Clan were stationed here.|
|1717||The Okudaira Clan were stationed here.|
|1871||The castle was abandoned. The remaining structures became the property of newly formed Oita Prefecture.|
|1877||The remaining structures were burnt during the Seinan war.|
|1964||The keep was reconstructed using concrete.|