Yuzuki Castle : A Study of Japanese Bibliography

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”Iyo yuzuki kojōnozu” from Information board in the castle ruins(Dōgo Kōen Park)

Profile : Yuzuki Castle Ruins

LocationMatsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture
Also known as
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's name
ConditionNo main keep but other buildings
DesignationNational Historic Sites
Year builtabout 1335
Castle lordKōnō Morimichi
Refurbishment lordFukushima Masanori
Portrait of Fukushima Masanori from Wikipedia
Ukiyo-e in Edo period "Battle of Shizugatake" by Utagawa Toyonobu

The battle of Shizugatake is a battle between Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Shibata Katsuie. It occurred near Mt. Shizugatake, Shiga Prefecture toda, in April 1583. Hideyoshi, who won this fierce battle, splitting the Oda forces in two, inherited the power and system built by the late Oda Nobunaga, and took the first step toward a longing for unification of the world. Also Fukushima Masanori played a major role in defeating the enemy general in this battle, gaining a chance to succeed, and becoming the central figure of the team Toyotomi subsequently. Speaking of "Shizugatake's Seven Spears", that is about Fukusima himself.

Yuzuki Castle admission

admission fee : free
admission time : am9-pm5
closing period : open everyday but Monday ※December 29-January 3 reference official site (japanese) ←the map of ruin is available (PDF)

Yuzuki Castle Google Map

Yuzuki Castle Images 

Kōno clan, who ruled around District of Iyo, built a palace-type castle and converted it into a stronghold that could be used in the Sengoku Worlord Period in the first half of the 16th century. Then Kōno surrendered to Kobayakawa Takakage by Hideyoshi Toyotomi's "Shikoku District Attack", one of famous conquest by Hideyoshi. The castle soon became an abandoned castle.
A castle surrounded by double moats, rare for a Sengoku Warlord Period

The castle spans the hills and the plain below, with the hills surrounded by double moats and earthworks. It is said that there were Kōno's residences and samurai's residences that Kōno trusted between the outer moat and the inner moat.
The existing inner moat on the south side is about 12m wide and about 2.5m deep and surrounds the hill.

the Castle had not only a moat but also a double earthwork.
Stone steps to the observation deck
Big rocks reminiscent of Yuzuki Castle in the old days

At the end of the Sengoku Warlord period, Yuzuki Castle became an abandoned castle, and the center moved to Matsuyama Castle. At that time, many building materials such as stone walls and tiles were transported to Matsuyama Castle.
The samurai residences, earthen walls, roads, drains, etc. by excavation have been restored and open to the public currently.
There is Dōgo Onsen hotspring, which is close to Yuzuki Castle and Matsuyama Castle, one of the leading hot spring resorts in Japan.
It is very recommended as a tourist spot.


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