Zeze Castle[Castle Special Topic Japanese History]

膳所城:関ヶ原の戦い後に天下普請により築かれた戸田氏・本多氏の居城 膳所城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

[Castle name]
Zeze Castle
a residential castle for the Toda and the Honda clan which was built as a part of infrastructure development by Edo government after the Battle of Sekigahara

Zeze Castle was at Biwa Lake-side in Honmaru-cho Otsu-shi, Shiga. It was built by Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1600 as a part of infrastructure development. Ieyasu was about to conquer Japan at the Battle of Sekigahara.

膳所城:関ヶ原の戦い後に天下普請により築かれた戸田氏・本多氏の居城 膳所城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

Zeze Castle was located at a key spot on Tokaido Road to increase security for smoother transportation while a nearby castle, Otsu Castle, was abandoned. Kazuaki Toda contributed 30,000 Goku and became the first chief of the castle.

膳所城:関ヶ原の戦い後に天下普請により築かれた戸田氏・本多氏の居城 膳所城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

After Ujikane Toda, a son of Kazuaki, was relocated to Amagasaki, Harima, Yasutoshi Honda took over the castle. After that, the chief of Zeze castle kept on changing instead of being inherited within one clan. Toshitsugu Honda from Nishio became the last chief Zeze Castle with 70,000 Goku, and his possession lasted until Meiji Restoration.

膳所城:関ヶ原の戦い後に天下普請により築かれた戸田氏・本多氏の居城 膳所城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

The Honmaru ruin is now maintained as Zeze Castle Ruin Park with a few bits of stone fences.

7 Honmaru-cho Otsu-shi, Saga


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