Ota Castle

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Entrance to Raikoji; Ôtajô.JPG


The first castle was built by the Kishu during the Entoku era(1489-1492). It was a flatland castle 273m from West to East and 218m from North to South. The Ôta family reinforced the castle in the early 1500's. The castle sustained 2 major sieges. The first one in 1577, during the expansion of Oda Nobunaga's territories. The second one happened during the Komaki-Nagakute campaign. The Ôta were allies to Tokugawa Ieyasu and took Kishiwada castle from Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Thereupon, Hideyoshi subdued Ôta castle by using his inundation tactic in 1585. The castle was abandoned after that. There is a more detailed history on the Japanese Wikipedia page of the castle. Now the main bailey is where Raikôji temple is situated and the surroundings have been completely urbanized.

Visit Notes

The relocated gate or Daimon is situated at the Dairyûji at : 6 Hashimukaicho, Wakayama, 640-8327, Japan

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  • Entrance to Raikouji or Ota castle
  • Information panel about Ota castle
  • temple grounds
  • temple grounds
  • temple grounds
  • one of the sign posts to the temple/castle ruins
  • relocated Daimon gate at Dairyûji
  • relocated Daimon gate at Dairyûji
  • relocated Daimon gate at Dairyûji
  • relocated Daimon gate at Dairyûji
  • Dairyûji temple

Castle Profile
English Name Ôta Castle
Japanese Name 太田城
Founder Kishu
Year Founded Entoku era(1489-1492)
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts The gate of Dairyûji temple is said to be the Daimon of Ôta castle
Features gates
Visitor Information
Access JR Wakayama station east exit; 7min walk(550m)
Visitor Information
Time Required 20min
Website https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%A4%AA%E7%94%B0%E5%9F%8E (%E7%B4%80%E4%BC%8A%E5%9B%BD)
Location Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 13' 50.02" N, 135° 11' 45.67" E
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