Doushou Hori

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The Dōshō-hori was a fortification and moat system built on the terraces of a bend in the Katsura River at the point where it meets with the Ôhata River. The area was known as Jōnokoshi (城腰), referring to a military structure. It is not known who built the moat, but it is thought to have been a satellite fortification of the Nakatsumori Yakata of the Oyamada Clan. According to local tradition the hori became a place to dump the corpses of criminals who were beheaded at nearby execution grounds. The area is otherwise quite scenic!

Visit Notes

Dōshō-hori is a fortification site in Tsuru. 'Hori' means 'moat'. No ruins remain and the site is now a hospital.

  • Plateau where the fortification was located

Castle Profile
English Name Doushou Hori
Japanese Name 道生堀
Founder Oyamada Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Tsuru-shi Station on the Ôtsuki Line; 10 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 33' 46.91" N, 138° 54' 10.40" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
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