Ishida Castle (Mikawa)
The ruins of Ishida Castle date to 1590 when it was built, or rebuilt, by Katagiri Masayoshi, a vassal of Ikeda Terumasa and the lord of Shinshiro Castle. Lord Katagiri was a serial collector of names, it seems, and was also known as Kazunaga, Toshimoto and Toshitada. He also had the middle name Han’emon.
Ishidajō was a satellite fortification of Shinshirojō located along the same river terrace due south. Katagiri Masayoshi died of illness in 1597. The surviving Katagiri Clan relocated with their master to Himeji following the Battle of Sekigahara, and Ishidajō was abandoned in 1600.
There may have been an older castle also called Ishidajō on the site or nearby, as the Katagiri inhabited the area throughout the 16th century. Additionally, Shinshirokojō, also located in Ishida, was originally called Ishidashinjō.
Ishidajō is surrounded by some yashiki sites. I was going to ignore these, but, passing by one on the way to the castle proper, I saw dorui (earthen ramparts) and a narrow karabori surrounding one of the yashiki sites – now a farmstead. Another pleasant surprise. This was the fortified residence of the Wakabayashi family. That encouraged me to check another yashiki site very close to Ishidajō after visiting the castle proper. This, the Takeshita residence site, also appeared to have some ruins.
|English Name||Ishida Castle (Mikawa)|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Nodajō Station on the Iida Line; 20 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7; Free; Fields|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Shinshiro, Aichi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 53' 21.30" N, 137° 29' 17.34" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Friends of JCastle|
|Shiroato Meguri Bibōroku|
|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|