The History of Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle began in 1333 when Akamatsu Norimura,guardian of Harima Province,
raised an army,following Imperial Prince Morinaga's order to subjugate the Hojo Family
and built the fortress. Norimura's son,Sadonori built up a mansion on Mt. Hime,
where present Himeji Castle stands now.
The recent study says that the Kurodas built a castle from 1555 to 1561 under the permission from their master,
Then in 1580 Hashiba Hideyoshi (Later Toyotomi Hideyoshi) built a three-storied main building,
following Kuroda Yoshitaka's advice and he used it as the base for an attack on the Western part of Japan.
In 1601 Ikeda Terumasa,Ieyasu's son-in-law(He was called the leader in the Western area.)
built a magnificent main tower with three small towers around it with financial help from
the Tokugawa Government. The construction was finished in 1609.
Honda Tadamasa, who lived here after the Ikeda Family, received Senhime or Princess Sen as his son's wife.
He added the West Bailey with a long corridor building in it, Then the whole part of the castle grounds was
completely finished in 1618.
Some of the feudal lords who once lived in this castle from the time when Akamatsu Sadanori first lived here.
Akamatsu Norimura 1333
Akamatsu Sadanori 1346
Kodera Yorisue 1349
Yamana Mochitoyo 1441
Akamatsu Masanori 1467
Kodera Toyomoto 1469
Kuroda Shigetaka 1545
Kuroda Yoshitaka 1567
Hashiba Hideyoshi 1580
Kinoshita Iesada 1585
Ikeda Terumasa 1600
Honda Tadamasa 1617
Matsudaira Tadaaki 1639
Matsudaira Naomoto 1648
Sakakibara Tadatsugu 1649
Matsudaira Naonori 1667
Honda Tadakuni 1682
Sakakibara Masakuni 1704
Matsudaira Akinori 1741
Sakai Tadazumi 1749