Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

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

Nihonmatsu Castle

Images: Fujinamiism


Nihonmatsu Domain

1590 - 1627

Gamō Clan

* Koku

1627 - 1629

Matsushita Clan

50,000 Koku

1629 - 1643

Katō Clan

30,000 Koku

1643 - 1871

Niwa Clan

100,000 Koku

Nihonmatsu Castle is classified as a mountain castle (its layout: Teikakushiki), and is located in Fukushima Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Mutsu Province. It is associated with the Niwa clan. Dates in use: 1394 - 1872.

Two separate castles were built on this site. The first castle was set fire to by it's own lord before escaping. And the second castle fell at the closing of the Edo period.

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1413 Fortifications were built at the summit of the mountain.
1586 The castle fell to Date Masamune.
1590 The castle became a branch castle of the Gamo clan.
1643 Construction of the new castle started & the older castle located at the top of the mountain was abandoned.
1868 The castle fell to imperial troops during the Boshin war.
1872 The castle was abandoned & all remaining buildings were demolished.
1982 The Minowa Gate & attached turret were reconstructed.
1993 Restoration of the main enclosure's stone foundations was completed.
2007 The castle was designated an historic site.

Historical recognition

SiteNational Historic Site