Before Fukuchiyama Castle, there was Yokoyama Castle, a fortress of the Yokoyama, the local ruling family. Akechi Mitsuhide, the samurai who subjugated Tamba, rebuilt the fortress using state-of-the-art castle-building techniques of the time, and renamed it Fukuchiyama Castle. There used to be many structures here, including a three-layered four-storied castle tower and expansive Ninomaru Palace. However, these were taken down one after another, following the abolition of feudal domains in 1871. All that remained was a stone wall between the raised foundation and castle keep, a well called Toyoiwa-no-I, and a guard station. The castle currently standing was reconstructed over a period of three years, and construction was completed 1986. The interior is used as the Fukuchiyama City Folk Museum. The castle park also contains the Fukuchiyama Sato Taisei Memorial Art Museum. Exhibits there are centered on works by the late Sato Taisei, a master of Japanese-style painting.
- 5 Naiki, Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto Prefecture
- 15-minute walk from Fukuchiyama Station on the JR Sanin Main Line or on the KTR Miyafuku Line
- Business Hours
- 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Entry until 4:30 p.m.)
Closed: Tuesday (Closed the following day when Tuesday is a holiday), December 28 to December 31 and January 4 to January 6
- Available, free