Minakuchi Castle[Castle special collection Japanese history]

水口城/アクセス・場所・地図 将軍徳川家光の定宿として築城された水口城 【日本の歴史 お城特集】

[Castle name ]
Minakuchi Castle
the residence of Tokugawa Iemitsu.

Minakuchi Castle is a flatland castle located in Minakuchi, Minakuchi Town, Koka City, Shiga Province.
Ishida Mitsunari was the first castle owner of Minakuchi Castle and it was called Minakuchi Old Castle. The current Minakuchi Castle ruins are at different place.

水口城/アクセス・場所・地図 将軍徳川家光の定宿として築城された水口城 【日本の歴史 お城特集】

Keicho 5 year (1600), Mr. Tokugawa occupied Minakuchi after the Battle of Sekigahara, and the castle was built as the residence of [Tokugawa Iemitsu]. It is said that the castle was built by [Kobori Masakazu]. A pavilion was built on Honmaru, and stones were also surrounded by moats.

水口城/アクセス・場所・地図 将軍徳川家光の定宿として築城された水口城 【日本の歴史 お城特集】

However, this castle was only used by Iemitsu when he went to Kyoto, and after that the castle was for general use. Tenwa 2 year (1682), [Kato Akitomo] accepted 20000 stones and established Minakuchi Clan. After that, [Mr. Torii] ruled the castle for a while and then became the residence of Mr. Kato again.

水口城/アクセス・場所・地図 将軍徳川家光の定宿として築城された水口城 【日本の歴史 お城特集】

When entering Meiji Era, the inner castle became abandoned. Moats, Demaru and other remainings are left. In addition, [Minakuchi Information Pavilion] is built on Honmaru.

〒528-0023 2-29 Honmaru, Minakuchi Town, Koka City, Shiga Province


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