Kagoshima Castle

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Kagoshima Castle
Kagoshima, Kagoshima
Type Japanese castle
Site information
Controlled by Satsuma Domain (1601–1874), Japan (1874–present)
Open to
the public
Site history
Built 1601
Built by Shimazu Iehisa
Garrison information
Occupants Daimyo of Satsuma

Kagoshima Castle (鹿児島城 kagoshima jō?), also known as Tsurumaru Castle, is a Japanese castle in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.


This castle was constructed by Shimazu Iehisa in 1601. In 1600 Shimazu Yoshihiro, the father of Iehisa, was defeated at the Battle of Sekigahara as a daimyo of the western alliance, by the eastern alliance led by Tokugawa Ieyasu. This castle was built after the defeat and in the severe political tension with Ieyasu.

This castle is notable for the small scale and fairly poor quality as a main castle of one of the richest daimyo in Japan. It is said that Shimazu was afraid of giving the Tokugawa an excuse to attack Shimazu territory by making too large a castle.



  • Schmorleitz, Morton S. (1974). Castles in Japan. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co. ISBN 0-8048-1102-4. 

Coordinates: 31°35′55″N 130°33′17″E / 31.598485°N 130.554611°E / 31.598485; 130.554611