Gakuden Castle (Owari)
Gakuden Castle is said to have been constructed by Oda Hisanaga in the early 16th century. The center of the castle was built up with ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts) 3.6m tall, atop of which a yagura was constructed with a footprint of 9m by 12.6m, described by some (id est, the sign at the site) as "the first ever tenshu". Whether or not this can be substantiated, it seems that Gakudenjō is an important site in the development of tenshu from watchtowers. Gakudenjō was used as the headquarters of Toyotomi Hideyoshi during his confrontation with Tokugawa Ieyasu at the Battle of Komaki-Nagakute. After the conflict, as part of the terms of peace, Gakudenjō was torn down. It is now the site of a school.
Gakudenjō is located on the same railway line as Komakijō and Hagurojō, and is close to the station. If it were not for that I don't think I would've bothered coming here as there's nothing to see except a marker and an explanation board. The site of the castle is now occupied by a school which is currently being partially demolished. Watching the machinery from a small hillock which was perhaps once a part of the castle's defences was more interesting than the site itself to be honest.
|Owari Gakuden Castle
|Early 16th Century
|Pre Edo Period
|Gakuden Station on the Meitetsu Komaki Line; 5 minute walk
|Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture
|35° 19' 41.45" N, 136° 57' 1.87" E
|Added to Jcastle
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