Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

       
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Kashima Castle

Images: Daniel O'Grady

鹿島藩

Kashima Domain


鍋島氏
1609 - 1871

Nabeshima  Clan

25,000 Koku

鹿島陣屋
Kashima Castle is classified as a flatland castle, and is located in Saga Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Hizen Province. It is associated with the Nabeshima clan. Dates in use: 1609 - 1874.

Located on the grounds is a shrine & substantial sections of moat & stonework remain there including sections of the old castle town. This part of Kashima Castle retains somewhat of an atmosphere. The same cannot be said for other areas of this castle. Both remaining gates are surrounded by modern buildings and housing.

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Timeline

1584 The Nabeshima clan gained control of the area after the death of Ryuzoji Takanobu.
1601 Nabeshima Tadashige built Kashima Castle. Completed in 1609.
1807 The original castle was abandoned due to flooding problems & a new one built by the ninth generation Lord, Nabeshima Naonori.
1808 The Akamon was completed.
1874 Most structures of the castle were destroyed during the Saga rebellion.

Historical recognition

Ōte GatePrefectural Historic Asset
Aka GatePrefectural Historic Asset