Ima Castle (Mino)

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Built by the Koike Clan in the early 16th century, Ima Castle was abandoned following Mori Nagayoshi, lord of Kaneyama Castle, removing the clan's samurai status in 1582 and ordering them to return to farming. This followed rebellions by local samurai in Mino after the death of Oda Nobunaga. There is some indication that Imajō was refurbished and used briefly during the Battle of Komaki-Nagakute where Lord Nagayoshi was slain. Imajō was abandoned at this time. The castle had three principal baileys, with the shukuruwa (main bailey) being accessed through the adjacent ninokuruwa (second bailey), in turn accessed by the sannokuruwa (third bailey) beneath.

Visit Notes

Having seen it referenced at the Sengoku Yamajiro Museum, we came to Imajō. It's a well maintained little ruin with such features as dorui (earthen ramparts), karabori (dry moats), and kuruwa (baileys). Effort has been put into making this site into a nice park, though some parts are restricted to walkways, and the site suffers from mosquito infestation.

  • Dobashi (earthen bridge), horikiri (trench), and dorui (earthen ramparts) between first and second baileys

Castle Profile
English Name Ima Castle (Mino)
Japanese Name 美濃今城
Founder Koike Clan
Year Founded Early 16th Century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Kuruwa, Koguchi, Hori, Koshikuruwa, Ido
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Shimogiri Station on the Taita Line; 25 minute walk
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Park
Time Required 40 minutes
Location Kani, Gifu Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 22' 50.95" N, 137° 3' 4.14" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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