Masujima Castle

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The ruins of Masujima Castle contain a small section of moat and stone fortifications. Where the small castle would once have stood there is now a shrine. The lower bailey of the old castle grounds now houses a school.


Castle Profile
English Name Masujima Castle
Japanese Name
Year Founded
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features water moats, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Train to Hida-Furukawa
Visitor Information
Time Required 15 minutes
Website Furukawa Sightseeing Map.pdf
Location Hida-Furukawa, Gifu Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 13' 27.37" N, 137° 11' 56.11" E
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Added to Jcastle 2017
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Masujimajō (Hida) 増島城 [飛騨]

Masujimajō is apparently the only hirajiro (flatland castle) in Hida Province (the northern mountainous part of modern Gifu Prefecture). It is located on the grounds of a school and retains a a portion of its moat at the back, as well as ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts) all around the bailey, and in general has the apperance of a mysterious stone-clad tumulus with a shrine and trees atop. There is an inubashiri ("dogs' run") between the moat and ramparts (as opposed to the moat submersing the lower part of the ishigaki). I didn't visit them, preferring instead to hunt down another castle site, but there are, according to wikipedia, relocated structures from this small castle at several temples, including at least three gates and a building, a shoin, which may have constituted part of the lord's residence. Since I would like to re-visit Hida I'll be sure to investigate these in future, especially the shoin. The castle's outer baileys are now a residential area and school grounds.


Masujimajō was built in 1585 by Kanamori Nagachika as a branch castle of his main base at Takayamajō. In 1586 he appointed his son, Kanamori Shigechika, as castellan of Masujimajō. In 1692 the Shogunate transferred the Kanamori Clan to Kaminoyama Domain. After briefly being under the custodianship of the Maeda Clan of Kanazawa, Masujimajō was abandoned along with Takayamajōin 1695.