The Dōshō-hori was a fortification and moat system built on the terraces of a bend in the Katsura River at the point where it meets with the Ôhata River. The area was known as Jōnokoshi (城腰), referring to a military structure. It is not known who built the moat, but it is thought to have been a satellite fortification of the Nakatsumori Yakata of the Oyamada Clan. According to local tradition the hori became a place to dump the corpses of criminals who were beheaded at nearby execution grounds. The area is otherwise quite scenic!
Dōshō-hori is a fortification site in Tsuru. 'Hori' means 'moat'. No ruins remain and the site is now a hospital.
|English Name||Doushou Hori|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Tsuru-shi Station on the Ôtsuki Line; 10 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Access Limited|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 33' 46.91" N, 138° 54' 10.40" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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