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Kagoshima Castle

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Type  Japanese castle
Occupants  Daimyo of Satsuma
Phone  +81 99-222-5100
Open to the public  yes
Year built  1601
Built by  Shimazu Iehisa
Kagoshima Castle
Controlled by  Satsuma Domain (1601–1874), Japan (1874–present)
Address  Japan, 〒892-0853 鹿児島県鹿児島市城山町
Hours  Open today · Open 24 hoursSaturdayOpen 24 hoursSundayOpen 24 hoursMonday(Vernal Equinox Day)Open 24 hoursHours might differTuesdayOpen 24 hoursWednesdayOpen 24 hoursThursdayOpen 24 hoursFridayOpen 24 hours
Similar  Reimeikan - Kagoshima Prefectur, Terukuni jinja, Obi Castle, Sengan‑en, Mount Shiroyama

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Kagoshima Castle (鹿児島城, kagoshima jō), also known as Tsurumaru Castle, is a Japanese castle in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.


Kagoshima tsurumaru castle reimeikan in kagoshima city japan 9th february 2015


This castle was constructed by Shimazu Iehisa in 1601. In 1600 Shimazu Yoshihiro, the father of Iehisa, was defeated at the Battle of Sekigahara as a daimyo of the western alliance, by the eastern alliance led by Tokugawa Ieyasu. This castle was built after the defeat and in the severe political tension with Ieyasu.

This castle is notable for the small scale and fairly poor quality as a main castle of one of the richest daimyo in Japan. It is said that Shimazu was afraid of giving the Tokugawa an excuse to attack Shimazu territory by making too large a castle.


  • Kagoshima Station of Kagoshima Main Line
  • Literature

  • Schmorleitz, Morton S. (1974). Castles in Japan. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co. ISBN 0-8048-1102-4. 
  • References

    Kagoshima Castle Wikipedia