Hinoe Castle Ruins
During the period of the Southern and Northern Courts (1337-92), the Arima family ruling the
Shimabara Peninsula constructed a castle named Hinoe-jo.
The 14th lord, Harunobu (1567-1612) was a Christian daimyo and refurbished his castle into
a large scale which had gardens, a tea arbor and many rooms.
There remain stone walls around the site of the front gate. A recent survey reveals that the construction
materials including the stone steps were diverted from tombstones in Buddhist grave-yards which the
lord had demolished.
The fact indicates the religious situation in those days when Christianity was flourishing. In 1982,
the location of the ruined castle was designated as a National Historic Site.
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