Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

       
Japanese Castles 1540-1640 Castles of the Samurai: Power and Beauty

Yamagata Castle

Images: ©JNTO

山形藩

Yamagata Domain


最上氏
1601 - 1622

Mogami Clan

240,000 Koku

鳥居氏
1622 - 1636

Torii Clan

200,000 Koku

保科氏
1636 - 1644

Hoshina Clan

200,000 Koku

松平氏
1644 - 1648

Matsudaira Clan

150,000 Koku

松平 (奥平)
1648 - 1668

Matsudaira (Okudaira) Clan

150,000 Koku

奥平氏
1668 - 1685

Okudaira Clan

90,000 Koku

堀田氏
1685 - 1686

Horita Clan

100,000 Koku

松平氏
1686 - 1692

Matsudaira Clan

100,000 Koku

奥平氏
1692 - 1700

Matsudaira (Okudaira) Clan

100,000 Koku

堀田氏
1700 -1746

Horita Clan

100,000 Koku

松平 (大給)
1746 - 1767

Matsudaira (Ōgyū) Clan

60,000 Koku

秋元氏
1767 - 1845

Akimoto Clan

60,000 Koku

水野氏
1845 - 1870

Mizuno Clan

50,000 Koku

山形城
Yamagata Castle is classified as a flatland castle (its layout: Rinkakushiki), and is located in Yamagata Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Dewa Province. It is associated with the Mogami clan. Dates in use: 1356 - 1871.

An unusually high number of clans were in possession of this castle throughout the Edo period. In addition to the thirteen successive clans who ruled this castle, it was also under direct control of the Tokugawa Shogunate for several years. Recent times has seen the reconstruction of several gates & turrets which compliment the impressive moat.

Timeline

1356 The castle was built by the Shiba clan. Later, the Shiba clan changed their name to Mogami.
1592 The castle was renovated & greatly expanded to include additional defensive enclosures.
1622 The castle underwent a major renovation.
1868 The castle was abandoned.
1986 Designated a national historical site.
1991 The Higashi Ote Gate of the secondary enclosure was restored.
2004 The Ichimonji Gate stonework was restored.
2006 The bridge leading to the main enclosure was restored.

Historical recognition

SiteNational Historic Site