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Niitakayama Castle
Mihara, Hiroshima, Japan
Site of Niitakayama Castle and Nutagawa River from train of Sanyo Main Line.jpg
Niitakayama Castle
Type Mountaintop castle
Coordinates Latitude:
Longitude:
Built 1552
Built by Kobayakawa Takakage
Demolished 1596
Current
condition
ruins
Current
owner
Kobayakawa clan

Niitakayama Castle (新高山城 Niitakayama-jō?) is the name for the earthly remains of a castle structure in Mihara, Hiroshima, Japan.[1] Located on a 197.6 meter mountain.[2] The site was designated a National Historic Site.[3]

History[]

Takayama Castle(left) and Niitakayama Castle(right)

Niitakayama Castle was built in 1552 by Kobayakawa Takakage. Takakage moved Numata Kobayakawa clan`s main base from Takayama Castle which located on the mountain across the numata river.[4][5]

In 1561, Takakage`s father Mōri Motonari visited the castle and spent 10days.[2] In 1596, Takakage moved to Mihara Castle, stones and materials were transferred to Mihara castle at that time.[4]

The castle was listed as one of the Continued Top 100 Japanese Castles in 2017.[6]

Well of Niitakayama Castle

Current[]

The castle is now only ruins, with some stone walls, moats and wells.[2]

See also[]

  • List of Historic Sites of Japan (Hiroshima)

References[]

  1. "新高山城" (in Japanese). 続日本100名城. http://jokaku.jp/japan-top-100-castles/best-100-castles-of-japan-2nd-selection/. Retrieved 25 July 2019. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "新高山城跡" (in Japanese). 城びと. https://shirobito.jp/article/840. Retrieved 25 July 2019. 
  3. "新高山城" (in Japanese). 攻城団. https://kojodan.jp/castle/350/. Retrieved 25 July 2019. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "新高山城跡" (in Japanese). Mihara city official. https://www.city.mihara.hiroshima.jp/soshiki/25/zokunihonhyakusen.html. Retrieved 25 July 2019. 
  5. "高山城" (in Japanese). 三原観光navi. http://www.mihara-kankou.com/sightseeing/3203. Retrieved 25 July 2019. 
  6. "新高山城跡" (in Japanese). じゃらん. https://www.jalan.net/kankou/spt_34421af2170018490/. Retrieved 25 July 2019. 

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