Iwakuni Castle[The feature on the castles; Japanese history]

岩国城:錦帯橋で有名な岩国藩 藩祖吉川広家が居城 日本100名城の一つ 岩国城【日本の歴史 お城特集】

[Castle name]
Iwakuni Castle
Where Hiroie Kikkawa, the founder of Iwakuni Domain that is famous for Kintai bridge, resided.

Iwakuni Castle existed in Yokoyama, Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi.

In 1600 when Terumoto Mori lost the battle of Sekigahara, his territories were reduced drastically. Along with his territories his vassals’ salaries were reduced, and they moved to the castle for 30 thousand Koku.

岩国城:錦帯橋で有名な岩国藩 藩祖吉川広家が居城 日本100名城の一つ 岩国城【日本の歴史 お城特集】

It became the resident of Iwakuni at the beginning of Edo period, and Ninomaru, Kitanomaru, and Kuruwa were built surrounding Honmaru, along with Odoi (earth enclosure), in Yokoyama Castle, yamashiro (a castle on a moutain).

岩国城:錦帯橋で有名な岩国藩 藩祖吉川広家が居城 日本100名城の一つ 岩国城【日本の歴史 お城特集】

Honmaru had 4 tiered 6 story castle tower, but it was demolished when the castle was disposed, and Doi continued to exist as Jinya (guardroom). Kintai bridge was built across Kinu river, the river that divided the castle and the town of the castle, and it creates distinct scenery. The town of the castle was organized based on the paths of the bridge.

The ruins of Odoi is now a park called Kikko Park, and there is a imitation castle tower at the top of mount Yokoyama.

3-chome Shiroyama, Yokoyama Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi 741-0081


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