Ichijodani Kojo Castle

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Kojo Castle, which I've called Ichijodani Kojo Castle for convenience, guarded the Asakura Yakata from above and another escape route up to the mountaintop castle.

See Ichijodani: A Sengoku Period Castle Town for a detailed history and guide to Ichijodani.

Visit Notes

The photo above shows only the lowest bailey of the castle. It is the small portion just beyond the two mountains streams that converge into a small valley. The majority of the remains go straight up to the left along the steep slope. There should be a couple big trenches. I was not able to find a safe route across this valley nor up the slippery slopes that made it somewhat dangerous to try to get any closer than this distant photo. This little Bailey wouldn't be that interesting anyway, the better part would have been the horikiri above. In fact, I don't even see anyone else online who has successfully traversed up the hillside to the trenches either. If you see any good guides, routes, or photos, please share. I think there may be an alternate way to try to get at it from above too but it will require some more exploration one day when I have more time, or I'll just wait until it is better documented somewhere.

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Castle Profile
English Name Ichijodani Kojo Castle
Japanese Name 小城
Founder Asakura Takakage
Year Founded 1471
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations National Historic Site, Special Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Fukui Sta. (Hokuriku Line), 25min bus; or, Ichijodani Sta (Etsumihoku Line), walk
Visitor Information Museums are open 9am-5pm; closed 12/28-1/4; museum is 100yen admission, reconstructed town is 210yen
Time Required 20 mins
Website https://fuku-iro.jp/feature/11
Location Fukui, Fukui Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 0' 3.82" N, 136° 18' 0.68" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2023
Admin Visits May 1-2, 2023
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