Gamou Kitatsuda Castle

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History

Kitatsudajō was a branch fortification of Tsudajō, a hirajiro (flatland castle), and acted as the most fortified position in a complex of fortifications. The castellan was Wada Genba, a vassal of the Rokkaku Clan. Kitatsudajō also became a satellite fortification of Kannonjijō.


Visit Notes

Kitatsudajō is a hilltop yamajiro (mountaintop castle) - you read that right - ruin located above the shrines of Ôshima-jinja and Okitsushima-jinja. Although the ruins are in poor condition and the site is now forested and a little overgrown, several baileys can be discerned, and the main bailey measures 40m east-west and 20m north-south. Earthworks ruins such as koguchi (gate complex) and kuruwa (baileys), including an obikuruwa (belt bailey), remain.

See also Gamou Minamitsuda Castle and Gamou Tsuda Castle for more information.




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Castle Profile
English Name Gamou Kitatsuda Castle
Japanese Name 蒲生北津田城
Founder Wada Genba
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Obikuruwa, Koguchi
Features
Visitor Information
Access Ōmi-Hachiman Station on the Biwako Line; rental bicycle; the historic temple Chōmeiji is nearby.
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Ōmi-Hachiman, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 10' 11.28" N, 136° 4' 54.01" E
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Admin
Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Jōkaku Tanbō
Masaki Shibata


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