pix: Daniel O'Grady
Matsudaira (Hisamatsu) Clan
Matsudaira (Toda) Clan
Matsudaira (Ōgyū) Clan
Upon completion this castle boasted a five-layer main tower courtesy of Nijo castle, 38 turrets & 22 gates. It was built to replace nearby Fushimi castle. In fact, buildings & materials from Fushimi & Shoruji castles, an older Yodo castle & most notably, Himeji castle, were used in its construction.
Currently, the castle is used as a playground & on the day of my visit, a large number of local residents were doing their part to maintain its appearance. The darker side to Yodo castle is that it is also used as a bicycle park for the local train station & apparently as a graveyard for stolen scooters.
|1623||Construction of the castle started.|
|1625||Construction of the castle was completed.|
|1633||The Nagai clan were stationed here.|
|1669||The Ishikawa clan were stationed here.|
|1711||The Toda branch of the Matsudaira clan were stationed here.|
|1723||The Inaba clan were stationed here.|
|1756||A lightning strike destroys many of the buildings including the main tower. Some of the lost structures were rebuilt.|
|1868||The castle was abandoned.|