Kokura castle[The feature on the castles; Japanese history]

小倉城:奇兵隊との戦い 徳川幕府九州への重要な玄関口小倉城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

[Castle name]
Kokura Castle
Surrender with an attack by cavalry of Tokugawa Shogunate Important gateway to the Kyushu, Kokura castle

Speaking of Ogura Castle, it is a castle famous for having a battle between a soldier led by Takasugi Shinsaku and a shogunate army based in Ogura castle at the end of the Tokugawa period.

During the Sengoku Era, there are also many great battle over Ogurajo has occurred among Ryuzoji, Otomo, Mouri etc. Originally it was not precisely known for what kind of pupropse the castle was built for, but when Katsunobu Mori (later Mori Katsunobu) who was successful in Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s conquest of Kyushu was appointed as a castle owner, it became the place of lord.

小倉城:奇兵隊との戦い 徳川幕府九州への重要な玄関口小倉城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

It is said that they entered in 60 thousand Jewels with another 100 thousand Jewels. However, Mori Katsunobu and Katsunaga father and son were altered by Ieyasu because they were sided with the West Army during the Sekigahara battle. After that, Tadayuki Hosokawa, who had a merit in the same battle, gifted the country of Buzen, and formed a castle town in Ogura. Soon after, Kumamoto’s Kato family will be renovated and the Hosokawa family will be transferred to Kumamoto.

小倉城:奇兵隊との戦い 徳川幕府九州への重要な玄関口小倉城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

And, it was the Ogasawara family of Tokugawa’s hereditary Daimyo who entered the empty territory Ogura. The Tokugawa shogunate also had the gateway to Kyushu and placed in the trusted hereditary daimyo Ogasawara Family in Ogura which can be said to be “keystone”.

Although it is the Ogasawara family, when it comes to the end of the Tokugawa period, it will protect the important Ogura entrance that is part of that in the “four-sided war” between the Shogunate Army and the Choshu Army.

小倉城:奇兵隊との戦い 徳川幕府九州への重要な玄関口小倉城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

However, when the castle is dropped to the Choshu army led by Takasugi Shinsaku, the lord escapes to Kumamoto, and the Ogura clan itself will welcome the Meiji in the land “Kawara” behind. The current Ogura castle was restored, and the inside of the castle is used as a “local museum.”

※The picture is an elegant Ogura Castle where stone walls of remembrance of the time remain
小倉城:奇兵隊との戦い 徳川幕府九州への重要な玄関口小倉城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

2-1 in Ogakura Kita ward Kitakyushu city Fukuoka prefecture 803-0813


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