Yamagata Castle

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Yamagata Castle (山形城) is a flatland castle located in Yamagata. It was constructed in 1356 by Shiba Kaneyori. Current Structure was designed by Mogami Yoshiaki in late 16th century. Yoshiaki is one of Sengoku Daimyo of Yamagata. The main eastern gate was reconstructed. Outer moat, dry moats and baileys preserved in a great condition. It is chosen one of 100 best Japanese castle and registered as the national historical site.

Tourist Info.
There is parking and restroom.

0. at Yamagata Station.
1. walk north (5 min.)


周?的地? Yamagata Castle


Type: Flatland.
Built in: 1356 by Shiba Kaneyori.
Class: Ruins.

Yamagata castle is one of the large flatland castle located in the middle of Yamagata. It was used to be a castle of Shiba clan, but current structure was constructed by Mogami Yoshiaki (1546 - 1614.). Yoshiaki is one of great Sengoku Daimyo, the feudal lord, of Tohoku region. He survived through the Sengoku period and won the great land of Dewa, current Yamagata prefecture. It was used to be 5th largest castle in Japan, and the biggest castle in Tohoku region.

There is a beautiful statue of Yoshiaki at the behind of The Eastern Otemon gate.

Current Remaining or Restored Structures
-Ninomaru Higashi Otemon gate-
-Dry moat of Honmaru-
-Ichimonjimon gate-
-Outer moats-