Yokote Castle[Castle Special Topic Japanese History]

横手城:上杉景勝(関ヶ原の戦い)に与したため領地没収となった小野寺義道の横手城【日本の歴史 お城特集】

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Yokote Castle
Castle ruled by Yoshimichi Onodera whose lands were taken away as a punishment for supporting Kagekatsu Uesugi at the Battle of Sekigahara

Yokote Castle was owned by Yoshimichi Onodera during Sengoku era. Although Yoshimichi had consolidated as an independent daimyo, he was terminated after the Battle of Sekigahara because he fought with Kagekatsu Uesugi for the West force led by Mitsunari Ishida.

Mogami clan came into possession of Hitachi at first, but Satake clan ruled the land upon their relocation. Yokote Castle was supposed to be destroyed because of Ikkoku Ichijo Regulation (Law of One Castle per Province), but Yoshinobu Satake, the first Akita feudal lord, insisted on its value and importance to Edo government and kept the castle.

Tomura clan had ruled Yokote Castle throughout Edo era. In Bakumatsu, Akita supported the Imperial Court at Boshin War. The castle eventually surrendered under the attack by Sendai and Shonai feudal forces which were on the side of Tokugawa shogunate.

Akita Shrine was established to mourn and honor the warriors who passed away from the war. Currently, Yokote Castle has a restored castle tower.

Shiroyama-machi Yokote-shi, Akita 013-0012


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