pix: Matias Stella
小出氏1600 - 1696
松平 (藤井)1696 - 1706
Matsudaira (Fujii) Clan
仙石氏1706 - 1871
出石城Izushi Castle is classified as a hilltop castle, and is located in Hyōgo Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Tajima Province. It is associated with the Koide, Sengoku clans. Dates in use: 1604 - 1868.
Izushi Castle was built in a time of peace but the two previous castles that protected these environs were laid siege to & defeated by the armies of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1569 & again in 1580. The second castle was built atop Mt. Ariko & this castle, Izushi, was built at its base.
Like so many other castles, upon being decommissioned at the close of the Edo period, buildings were demolished & the castle grounds were opened to the public. These castle ruins remain today as a popular spot during cherry blossom season.
|1604||The castle was built by Koide Yoshihide. This clan resided here for nine generations.|
|1696||The Fuji branch of the Matsudaira clan were transferred here.|
|1706||The Sengoku clan were transferred here.This clan resided here for eight generations.|
|1868||The castle was abandoned.|
|1871||The Shinkorō clock tower, possibly Japan's oldest, was built atop the Mihari Turret ruins.|
|1968||The East & West corner turrets were rebuilt.|
|1994||The Tojō Gate & bridge were rebuilt.|
|Site||City Historic Site|