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Uwajima Castle
Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
The original wooden tenshu (keep) of Uwajima Castle
Type Hirayamajiro (hilltop castle)
Coordinates Latitude:
Built 1585-1586
Built by Toyotomi Hidenaga
Earth, stone, and wood
Height Three stories
In use 1596 to Meiji Restoration
Demolished Most of the castle during the Meiji Restoration, though the tenshu survived.
The tenshu and some ruins remain.

Uwajima Castle (宇和島城 Uwajima-jō?) is a hirayama-jiro (Japanese castle on a hill on a plain) in Uwajima, Ehime, Japan. An alternate name for this castle is Tsurushima-jō. This castle is well known as one of the twelve Japanese castles to still have an original donjon built in the Edo Period.

History[edit | edit source]

This castle was constructed by Tōdō Takatora, a Daimyō, in 1596 after being given a small fiefdom by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1595.[1] This castle experienced major repairs and expansion by Date Munetoshi in 1671.

Cultural Property[edit | edit source]

Uwajima castle has an Important Cultural Property selected by Japanese government:

  • Tenshukaku (Donjon Tower)

Access[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Literature[edit | edit source]

  • Schmorleitz, Morton S. (1974). Castles in Japan. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co.. ISBN 0-8048-1102-4. 
  • Motoo, Hinago (1986). Japanese Castles. Tokyo: Kodansha. pp. 200 pages. ISBN 0-87011-766-1. 

Coordinates: 33°13′10.12″N 132°33′54.85″E / 33.2194778°N 132.5652361°E / 33.2194778; 132.5652361

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