宗氏1587 - 1871
金石城Kaneishi Castle is classified as a flatland castle, and is located in Nagasaki Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Tsushima Province. It is associated with the Sō clan. Dates in use: 1528 - 1871.
The island & province of Tsushima played a unique role & important role in Japan/Korea relations in the centuries (more like millennium) leading up to the modern era. Effectively bridging the two countries, the island acted as a way point for diplomats & military forces alike.
Dominant for centuries (actual centuries), the Sō clan fortified their central residence in the early/mid 1500's. The multitude of changes & expansions that would take place over the years resulted in this site transformed into a castle, a mountain fortress (Kiyomizuyama castle) and a new residential castle (Sajikihara castle). Little remains but stonework at all three sites.
|1528||A fortified residence was established at this site.|
|1587||The Sō clan were confirmed in their domain by Toyotomi Hideyoshi preceding Hideyoshi's pacification of the island of Kyūshū.|
|1669||The existing site was expanded upon and turrets added. Thereafter, it was referred to as Kaneishi castle.|
|1678||Sajikihara Castle, a residential-style castle was built. Kaneishi castle continued to be used.|
|1813||The turret-gate was lost in a fire.|
|1817||The turret-gate was rebuilt.|
|1919||The turret-gate was torn down.|
|1990||The turret-gate was rebuilt.|
|1995||The site achieved National Historic recognition.|
|Site||National Historic Site|
|Garden||National Site of Scenic beauty|