佐竹氏1602 - 1871
横手城Yokote Castle is classified as a hilltop castle, and is located in Akita Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Dewa Province. It is associated with the Onodera, Tomura clans. Dates in use: 1554 - 1868.
Only ever a small-scale castle, it consisted of little more than the Honmaru (main enclosure) & the secondary, Ninomaru. The Onodera clan did build up the castle in the mid 1500's but it is believed fortifications had existed for hundreds of years before this.
|1554||The Onodera clan built this castle atop Asakura Mountain. They had previously resided in Numadate castle.|
|1601||The Onodera clan were stripped of the fief after siding against the Tokugawa clan in the Battle of Sekigahara. They did however go on to serve at Tsuwano castle.|
|1602||The fief was awarded to the Satake clan.|
|1615||This castle continued to exist as a branch castle to Kubota castle despite an ordinance limiting each domain to one castle.|
|1868||The castle was burnt to the ground during the Boshin war.|
|1965||The main tower was rebuilt in the secondary enclosure.|