Echi Shimozato Castle




Shimozatojō, also known as Oshidatejō, was built in the Nanbokuchō Period or earlier, likely as a fortified residence of a powerful local clan, though it is not known which. The fort, built alongside the Gonotani River, is recorded in the Imaiki, where it is called Oshidatejō, as being caught up in a conflict along with neighbouring Kitabodaijijō (Echi Kitabodaiji Castle).

Visit Notes

All I could see was a bamboo thicket which appeared to be on private property so I moved swiftly on from Shimozatojō, but local castle bloggers describe dorui (earthen rampart) remains located behind various homes. The site is now a village, temple and fields.


Castle Profile
English Name Echi Shimozato Castle
Japanese Name 愛知下里城
Founder Unknown
Year Founded Nanbokuchō Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Hori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Echigawa Station on the Ōmi Rail Kotō-Ōmi Line; 10 minute drive or 80 minute walk
Visitor Information Private Property
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Higashi-Oumi, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 8' 26.34" N, 136° 15' 24.91" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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