Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

       
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Yamato Koizumi Castle

Images: Daniel O'Grady

小泉藩

Koizumi Domain


片桐氏
1601 - 1871

Katagiri Clan

10,000 Koku

大和小泉城
Yamato Koizumi Castle is classified as a flatland castle, and is located in Nara Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Yamato Province. It is associated with the Koizumi, Katagiri clans. Dates in use: 1623 - 1873.

This castle had always been quite a small castle & in fact, had the appearance more of a fortified temple than that of a castle. It's probably unsurprising then that very little remains. The sole remaining gate has been relocated a short distance south and has become the entrance to the Koizumi shine.

On the east bank of the Naginata pond stands what looks like a castle turret. A closer look shows that it is a house with residents and all.

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Timeline

13?? It is unsure exactly when but castle was built between 1332 - 1391 as a castle for the Koizumi clan.
1623 The Katagiri clan modernized what remained into a fortified residence.
1673 The inner moat was completed along with further enhancements to the fortifications.
1873 The castle was abandoned then demolished as was decreed.