Niitakayama Castle

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Niitakayama Castle
Mihara, Hiroshima, Japan
Site of Niitakayama Castle and Nutagawa River from train of Sanyo Main Line.jpg
Niitakayama Castle
TypeMountaintop castle
Site information
OwnerKobayakawa clan
Site history
Built byKobayakawa Takakage
Garrison information
Kobayakawa Takakage

Niitakayama Castle (新高山城, Niitakayama-jō) is the name for the earthly remains of a castle structure in Mihara, Hiroshima, Japan.[1] Located on a 197.6 meter mountain.[2] The site was designated a National Historic Site.[3]


Takayama Castle(left) and Niitakayama Castle(right)

Niitakayama Castle was built in 1552 by Kobayakawa Takakage. Takakage moved Numata Kobayakawa clan`s main base from Takayama Castle which located on the mountain across the numata river.[4][5]

In 1561, Takakage`s father Mōri Motonari visited the castle and spent 10days.[2] In 1596, Takakage moved to Mihara Castle, stones and materials were transferred to Mihara castle at that time.[4]

The castle was listed as one of the Continued Top 100 Japanese Castles in 2017.[6]

Well of Niitakayama Castle


The castle is now only ruins, with some stone walls, moats and wells.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "新高山城" (in Japanese). 続日本100名城. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "新高山城跡" (in Japanese). 城びと. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  3. ^ "新高山城" (in Japanese). 攻城団. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b "新高山城跡" (in Japanese). Mihara city official. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  5. ^ "高山城" (in Japanese). 三原観光navi. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  6. ^ "新高山城跡" (in Japanese). じゃらん. Retrieved 25 July 2019.