Kounoshou Castle (Omi)

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Kōnoshōjō, also known as Kōnoshō-yakata, was built in the Muromachi period to guard an important highway. It was the fortified residence of the Kōnoshō Clan, and castellans included Kōnoshō Yorisuke and Kōnoshō Kensuke. In 1525 Kōnoshō Sadanobu wrote a letter to Kutsuki Tanetsuna informing him of the decision by the Rokkaku Clan not to send military support to Tango Province in aid of Takeda Morimitsu, suggesting that the Kōnoshō were important retainers of the Rokkaku with some authority.

Visit Notes

Kōnoshōjō is now the site of Kumano-jinja, a shrine where the remains of dorui (earthen ramparts) can be found. A water way used to irrigate surrounding fields is said to be the remnants of a moat. The site is mostly fields today.


Castle Profile
English Name Kounoshou Castle (Omi)
Japanese Name 香庄城
Alternate Names Kōnoshō-yakata
Founder Kōnoshō Yorisuke
Year Founded Muromachi Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Features water moats
Visitor Information
Access Azuchi Station on the Biwako Line; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Higashi-Ōmi, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 8' 22.16" N, 136° 7' 25.64" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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