Saga Castle : A Study of Japanese Bibliography

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"Kojō ezu(picture in Edo Period)" from 国立国会図書館

Collected by the Inagaki family, the Toba Daimyō from the mid-Edo period to the Meiji Restoration, as materials for military studies. There are about 350 illustrations, but there is no uniformity because only illustrations of castles, illustrations including castle towns, and old battlefield illustrations are mixed.

Another typical example of a castle picture in the Edo period is "The Shōhō Shiroezu", picture of the castle and castle town that the Edo Shogunate ordered the daimyō to create and submit,aggregating military information such as the buildings inside the castle, the height of the stone wall, the width of the moat and the water depth, etc., it also details the location and shape of the castle town and the mountain river.

Profile : Saga Castle Ruins

LocationSaga City, Saga Prefecture
Also known asShizumi-Jō 
Type of castleFlatland
Mountain's name
ConditionNo main keep but other buildings
DesignationNational Important Cultural Properties
Saga Historic Sites
Saga City Important Cultural Properties
Year built1608
Castle lordNabeshima Naoshige
Refurbishment lordNabeshima Naomasa
Portrait of Nabeshima Naoshige from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Nabeshima Clan from "Bukan Complete Works" (produced by CODH)
adapted from "Classical Japanese National Data Set" (Kokubunken Collection)

The family crest was originally created from the pattern that the emperor and the royal family put on the kimono, and the pattern was made into a fixed pattern, and the one attached to his own oxcart is said to be the beginning of the family crest. The warlords drew large crests on the flag-fingers, used to distinguish enemy views on the battlefield, and used by the generals to determine which warlords were active and how much.

Saga Castle admission

admission fee : 500yen (More than high school students)
admission time :
autumn (September 1-November 30) : am4-pm5
winter (December 1-January 3) : am10-pm2
closing period : during winter (January 4 - February 28) reference official site (japanese)

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Shachinomon Gate of Honmaru

Saga Castle was built by expanding the village of Muranaka Castle, which was the residence of Sengoku Daimyo Ryuzo-ji ,by Naoshima Nabeshima and Osamu Katsushige of Shigetomi.

It has also been called a "Shizumi-Jō, a castle that appears to sink or it strategically actually sinks around the castle. Because the castle can be seen submerged in the trees, and because it used to crawl over the outer moat once, and when it was attacked it was submerged except for the main part and defended the enemy invasion. 

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