Nishi Aoki Castle

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Nishi Aoki Castle was one of the Taki clan castles which include Takikita-jo, Takiminami-jo, and Umegaki-jo. The Taki were one of the 21 main Koka clans to receive recognition from the Rokkaku for their support in the Omi-magari-no-jin.

Visit Notes

The castle has a main bailey 30m x 40m in a typical yakatajiro design. The Nishi (west) castle is paired with Higashi Aoki Castle (forthcoming), creating a castle pair, which is another common strategy for Koka Castles. The Nishi Aoki Castle seems to have a more well developed structure and design indicating it is the main castle of the pair. The pair is so close and the Higashi castle rather under developed so they are sometimes listed as one single Aoki Castle too.

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Castle Profile
English Name Nishi Aoki Castle
Japanese Name 西青木城
Alternate Names Koka-Aoki-jo
Founder Taki Clan
Year Founded Pre-Edo Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Koka Sta (JR Kusatsu Line); 30 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required
Location Koka, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 53' 48.19" N, 136° 12' 4.72" E
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Collections Koka Castles
Added to Jcastle 2019
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Jokaku Horoki: Aoki-jo (Nishi-jo)

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