Tsumagi Castle

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History

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.

Visit Notes

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.

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Castle Profile
English Name Tsumagi Castle
Japanese Name 妻木城
Founder Toki Yorisada
Year Founded 1339
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
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
Website http://www.pref.gifu.lg.jp/kyoiku-bunka-sports/bunka-geijutsu/bunkazai-zuroku/bunkazai-zuroku/shiseki/tokisi/tumagijyou.html
Location Toki, Gifu Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 17' 32", 137° 11' 41"
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Year Visited 2014
Visits May 2, 2014
Added to Jcastle 2014


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