Maruoka Castle (Koka)

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Maruoka Castle was built by the Aoki Clan, one of the 53 clans of Koka Samurai. When the Rokkaku fell to Nobunaga, the Aoki allied with Nobunaga. After the death of Nobunaga, Hideyoshi confiscated the lands and abandoned the castle.

Visit Notes

At the top of the road just to the right side before the cemetery is a sign for Maruoka Castle. There are no trails but just climb the small embankment behind the sign and you'll soon find the trench of the main bailey. The site is a typical yakatajiro design. It's mostly overgrown but the embankments and trenches are well preserved. Across the road and parallel to Maruoka Castle is Higashi Maruoka Castle. This dual castle type design is also common among Koka Castles.

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Castle Profile
English Name Maruoka Castle (Koka)
Japanese Name 丸岡城
Alternate Names Yorinji-jo
Founder Aoki clan
Year Founded 12th C.
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Kosei Sta. (JR Kusatsu Line); 25 min walk
Visitor Information park, open 24/7
Time Required 20 mins
Location Konan, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 0' 0.40" N, 136° 4' 8.22" E
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Collections Koka Castles
Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2022
Admin Visits April 1, 2022
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