Tanba Kameyama Castle 丹波亀山城
Founder Akechi Mitsuhide
Year 1578
Type Hilltop
Condition Ruins
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Location Kameoka City, Kyoto
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Access Kameoka Sta (Sagano Line); 10 min walk
Website Komoto Shinto Sect
Visited December 28, 2016
Visitor Info. Private property, see notes below for details | Time Required: 60 mins
Notes The castle walls were reconstructed by the Oomoto Shinto Sect who claim the grounds as sacred territory. I'm not sure if there are open hours or not, but I was suggested by another castle fan to ask permission at the Miroku Kaikan (みろく会館) before exploring. When I did, they didn't seem to care if I walked around and gave me a nicely printed brochure with instructions of where to go and not to go.
History Akechi Mitsuhide built Kameyama Castle for his attacks on the Tanba area. In 1609, Tokugawa Ieyasu greatly renovated the castle for his attacks on Osaka Castle. Todo Takatora the greatest castle architect of his day directed the renovations and built Japan's first sotogata style main keep. The castle lasted until the Meiji Period when it was officially decommissioned. The real name of the castle is Kameyama Castle, but it is unofficially called Tanba Kameyama Castle to differentiate it from other castles called Kameyama Castle. Tanba is the old name of this area.
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  • suupaahiiroo    October 26, 2016 at 12:07 PM
    Nice castle walls. It may be a bit weird that the grounds are in hands of the Oomoto sect now, but on the other hand they are responsible for keeping the site clean and well-maintained. Worth visiting if you're in Kameoka for the yearly yamaboko festival like I was.
  • ART    March 30, 2016 at 10:43 PM
    I got chased away from the castle by cultists. I explored on top of the tall wall in the picture there, but wouldn't you know it, the omoto cult built a silly shrine there to their dead leader or something and didn't want me there. Well then they shouldn't build burial mounds where i'm exploring castles then. It wasn't even a nice mound, it was tacky and overstated. Cultists be damned, one star.
  • RonS    August 16, 2011 at 02:24 AM
    Did you know that since 1919 this castle has been owned by the Oomoto religious sect and it is their second most important spiritual center? They call it "Ten'on-kyo" or the "Birthplace of Heavenly Benevolence". After buying the property, they made extensive repairs to the walls and moat.
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