Shimoyama Kita Castle (Koka)

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This is likely a Ban clan castle and branch castle of Shimoyama Castle. See Shimoyama Castle for details.

Visit Notes

It was tricky to find the entrance to this one since it was completely overgrown with weeds. Once inside, the structure is obvious but the bamboo is so thick it can be very difficult to navigate. The photos here are of comparatively good spaces. The castle itself is dug from the end of a hill. The embankments are quite high as they just follow the steep hillside. This provides quite a height difference between the highest corner of the embankment and the bottom of the castle. In fact, I started to wonder if I had wandered off the castle site and was just hiking up the hillside. On both sides of the en trance are areas that may have been watchtower foundation (yaguradai).

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Castle Profile
English Name Shimoyama Kita Castle (Koka)
Japanese Name 下山北城
Founder Ban clan (?)
Year Founded 15th C (?)
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Mikumo Sta (JR Kusatsu Line), 40 min walk
Visitor Information private property
Time Required 30 mins
Location Koka, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 59' 39.12" N, 136° 8' 21.01" 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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