Hattori Castle (Koka)

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This castle is thought to be the original home of the Hattori including the Hattori of Iga. The Hattori helped Ieyasu to escape through Koka and Iga after the Honnoji Incident. Nearby Shingu Castle (200m away) and Murasame Castle (600m away) were also likely to be Hattori branch family castles.

Visit Notes

This castle is unmarked and you can easily pass by it from the road if you're not looking for it. As you climb the hill behind the Shingu Shrine, a small trail goes into the woods right before the houses begin. This will take you into the trench surrounding the main bailey. Despite the historical interest in the site, it is not well developed. You'll need to wade through weeds and thick bamboo to see anything. The Shingu Shrine itself is worth visiting. The main gate, a bit farther back down the road, is registered as Important Cultural Property.

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Castle Profile
English Name Hattori Castle (Koka)
Japanese Name 服部城 
Founder Hattori clan
Year Founded 16th C.
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Konan Sta. (JR Kusatsu Line); 40 min walk
Visitor Information park, open any time
Time Required 30 mins
Location Koka, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 55' 7.90" N, 136° 9' 35.35" E
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Collections Koka Castles
Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2022
Admin Visits February 25, 2022
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