Hodarakuji Castle

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Hodarakujijō was a fortified residence dating to the Muromachi Period.

Visit Notes

Hodarakuji Castle is named for Hodaraku Temple, which is to be found at the castle site today. A community center is also here. Unlike the larger, better preserved Ohharajō nearby, Hodarakujijō is not closed to the public, so I was able to look all around it. It is a basic square in layout, with remains of dorui (earth-piled ramparts) ringing it. If the fort formerly had a moat then it has now been filled in, and there's just grass around parts of it instead. It's possible that this moat has been excavated and refilled in modern times. The mountain name of the temple (all temples have an honourific mountain attached to them even if they're on flatland) is Beffu, the same as another castle site located nearby, of which I found even less remains. The remains of Ichibajin'yamajō are located less than 100m away, of which nearly nothing remains.


Castle Profile
English Name Hodarakuji Castle
Japanese Name 補陀楽寺城
Founder ???
Year Founded Muromachi Period
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts dorui, baileys
Visitor Information
Access Kouka Station on the Kusatsu Libe; 10 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 15 minutes
Location Kōka, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 54' 13.46" N, 136° 12' 33.91" E
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