Koyama Castle

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History

The Imagawa originally maintained a fort on this site until they were defeated by Takeda Shingen. Baba Harunobu then built Koyama Castle here under Takeda in 1571. The first lord of the castle was Ohkuma Tomohide. Together with Suwahara Castle, Koyama Castle played an important part in the castle network for the attack on Takatenjin Castle. After the fall of Takatenjin Castle, Koyama Castle continued it's strategic role as a vital supply point on the route to Takatenjin Castle. Koyama Castle fell to the forces of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1582.

Visit Notes

The main keep from the picture above is a mock keep. There was no such keep built on this site. The museum contains an impressive collection of armor for its size. Castles fans should enjoy seeing the round umadashi entrance and the triple moat.
この天守は模擬天守です。小山城には天守が存在したことがありません。城ファンは丸馬出しと三重堀が見所です。

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Castle Profile
English Name Koyama Castle
Japanese Name 小山城
Alternate Names Koyama-jo
Founder Takeda Shingen
Year Founded 1571
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Reconstructed main keep
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Main Keep Structure 3 levels, 5 stories
Year Reconstructed 1987 (concrete)
Features main keep, turrets, bridges, trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Shizuoka Sta. (Tokaido main line); express bus for Yoshida High School 40 mins.
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website http://www.town.yoshida.shizuoka.jp/kanko/kanko.asp?cd=49
Location Yoshida, Shizuoka Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 46' 44", 138° 14' 49"
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Year Visited 2011
Visits June 3, 2011
Added to Jcastle 2011


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JthaasPeasant

9 months ago
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The bus stop name 吉田特別支援学校 is also written in English on the sign at the stop: Yoshida Tokubetsu Shien Gakko. As you get off the bus, look back the way you came and the castle can easily be seen on the hill to the left. The English brochure given at the site also calls the castle Koyama rather than Oyama.
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EricShogun

9 months ago
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I've seen both. There wa sa reason I chose Oyama, but cannot remember what it was now !
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ARTHatamoto

28 months ago
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Apparently 小山 is read Koyama here
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ARTHatamoto

28 months ago
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I'm on the way here now. My stop seems to be the same place but it is now called the Yoshida Special Needs School 吉田特別支援学校.
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Kiddus i2003Gunshi

55 months ago
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Used google maps to get here, easiest entry is via the temple at the bottom. Amazing little castle.
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RaymondWHatamoto

77 months ago
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This is a pretty decent castle to visit for a side trip from Shizuoka City. Catch the bus from No.14 bus stop in front of Shizuoka Station and get off at the Yoshida High School Stop. You can see the castle from the bus stop, and it's around 400 metres away. This is a nice little castle to visit mainly for its typical Takeda-style layout with its crescent shaped moats, a curved umadashi, and the triple moat. The \fake"castle keep is on par with the ones at Gifu and Hamamatsu in terms of what a concrete reconstructed one looks like (both inside and outside). However as mentioned by Eric on his website already this castle has a pretty decent museum for its size with around 7 to 8 suits of armour weapons paintings and a model of the earthworks of the original Oyama Castle. You can take photos inside the museum. Including taking the bus to and from the castle allow yourself around 3 hours if you want to visit this castle from Shizuoka Station"
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UsagiAshigaru

84 months ago
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Another easy drive from Tokyo, but good to do in combination with other castles in the area, not worth a solo trip. Winter is a good time to few any of the castles in this area for the views of Fuji on the drive in and out of Tokyo. Castle wise it is a standard reconstruction with a few historical artifacts to view inside.