Yamagami Castle

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History

The Yamagami clan were a branch of the Ashikaga who settled here in the 14th C. Yamagami Castle started as a fortified home around that time, but was likely built into the castle we see today in the early 1500's. In 1555, when Yamagami Dokyu was lord of the castle, the Yamagami fell to incursions by Hojo Ujiyasu. The castle was retaken by Uesugi Kenshin who put it under the control of the Oogo clan. The area was frequently fought over between the Hojo, Uesugi and Takeda. It is thought that it finally came under the control of the Hojo but was abandoned when the Hojo fell to Hideyoshi in 1590.

Visit Notes

A surprisingly interesting site. There are many more ruins there than I had imagined and you can see most of the structure of the castle. It is not far from Zen Castle so they can be easily visited together.
意外に遺構が多くて、面白い城跡でした。膳城も近いので一緒に訪れると良いです。

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Castle Profile
English Name Yamagami Castle
Japanese Name 山上城
Founder Yamagami clan
Year Founded early 1500's
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Zen Station (Jomo Rail Jomo Line), 20 min walk
Visitor Information park, open any time
Time Required 40 mins
Website http://akagi-yama.jp/archives/29356
Location Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 25' 41", 139° 13' 40"
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Admin
Year Visited 2016
Visits May 3, 2016
Added to Jcastle 2016


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