Aokijō was part of a localised network of forts built by the Taki Clan, which include Takikitajō, Takiminamijō, and Umegakijō. Aokijō was spead between two hillsides, the east castle and west castle, with residential areas inbetween potentially. Interestingly there is an old thatched roof house on either side of the road today, one in the west, one in the east.
Aokijō was a small twin fort with a flatland portion surrounded by what looks like could've been a moat. If that's the case then likely the main residence was behind the moat and the fortified slope behind it was used as a place of retreat in times of conflict. It was getting late and I didn't have a clue about how to go about it, and so I didn't go up the mountains.
|English Name||Koka-Aoki Castle|
|Year Founded||Pre-Edo Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Kouka Station on the Kusatsu Libe; 30 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||one hour|
|Location||Kōka, Shiga Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 53' 48.19" N, 136° 12' 4.72" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2019|