It is not known exactly when this castle was first founded, but it is estimated to have been around 1339 by the Toki clan. From the 16th century the Tsumagi clan became lords of the castle and continued to control the area for generations. At the Battle of Sekigahara, Tsumagi was the only lord in the region to side with Ieyasu. Ieyasu even wrote e letter to the Tsumagi complimenting the great castle location and design. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Tsumagi fortified the area around the base of the mountain. Since the castle at the top was too inconvenient to use for daily business it's thought that this served the primary functions of the castle. The Tsumagi continued to rule from this castle for three more generations. The last Tsumagi died suddenly without an heir so the rule of the Tsumagi clan came to an end and the castle was abandoned.
This site is special because both the retainers' living area and the castle are well preserved and both registered Prefectural Historical Sites. The more extensive stonework is actually at the foot of the mountain around the residential area. The site needs more signs and maps to help us enjoy the significance of the different areas. The trail was also blocked by fallen trees I had to climb over in some places.
|English Name||Tsumagi Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Features||trenches, stone walls|
|Access||Tajimi Sta (Chuo Line), Tsumagi Bus (#3 boarding area), 27 min to the last stop, walk 10 mins to the trailhead|
|Visitor Information||The castle site is open any time. Mainly mountain hiking trails.|
|Time Required||90 mins on site|
|Location||Toki, Gifu Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 17' 32", 137° 11' 41"|
|Visits||May 2, 2014|
|Added to Jcastle||2014|