Ohno Castle (Owari)

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A castle was first built here in the 14th century by the Isshiki Clan. The Saji Clan took over the castle following the Ōnin War. In the Sengoku Period Oda Nobunaga’s sister, Ogō, married castellan Saji Kazunari and the castle got the nickname of Miyayamajō (“Princess” Mountain Castle). Whilst Kazunari was her first husband, Lady Ogō later remarried. Her third husband was Tokugawa Hidetada, the second Tokugawa shōgun, and she was also the mother of Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shōgun. Before long Ōnojō was abandoned due to the poor quality of water available at the site, and Ōkusajō was built nearby as a replacement. The two-tier three-storey mock yagura was built in 1980.

Visit Notes

Ōnojō is a hilltop castle with reconstructed gates and a mogi tenshu (faux reconstructed keep) serving as an observation tower and small museum. Beneath the honmaru (main bailey) is a karabori (dry moat) and dorui (earthen embankment). According to a depiction in the mock tower, there used to be ishigaki (stone walls) at the site, though I could find no such remains.

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Castle Profile
English Name Ohno Castle (Owari)
Japanese Name 尾張大野城
Alternate Names Miyayama Castle
Founder Isshiki Clan
Year Founded 14th century
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Reconstructed main keep
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Main Keep Structure Gates, mogi-yagura
Year Reconstructed 1980
Features gates, turrets, trenches
Visitor Information
Access Ōnomachi Station on the Meitetsu Tokoname Line: 15 minute walk
Visitor Information free
Time Required 40 minutes
Location Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 55' 43.03" N, 136° 50' 2.62" E
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Added to Jcastle 2017
Contributor ART
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