Kitsuki Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle on a 30m high rock platform along the coastline of Morie Bay in Kitsuki Oita Prefecture. Yorinao Kizuki ordered the construction of Kitsuki Castle and it was completed in 1394. The Shimizu clan besieged Kitsuki Castle, but failed to capture it, leading to the nickname Katsuyamajo (the castle of victory). The Matsudaira clan took control of the castle in the 17th century and gave it the current title of Kitsuki Castle. In 1970 a modern reconstruction of the three story donjon (tower) was completed.