Hora Castle (Mikawa)

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Horajō was built in the mid' 16th century. The most notable personage associated with Horajō was Honda Tadakatsu, the famous general of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who was raised there -- after being born at Nishi-Kuramaejō to the north. Since the site served as the Honda Clan's fortified residence from circa 1550, it was also known as the Honda-yashiki. Other warriors active at Horajō included Ôkōchi Kinbē, Yamashita Shōdayū, and Tamon Denbē. When Honda Tadakatsu relocated to Hamamatsujō under Tokugawa Ieyasu, Yamashita Shōdayū became the castellan of Horajō.

Visit Notes

Horajō is a fortification site in the periurban Hora Township of Okazaki Municipality. No ruins remain, but there is a west-facing embankment beneath which a moat is believed to have been dug. The site is now fields, a bamboo grove, a temple, Gakudōji (額洞寺), and housing.

  • site of embankment / hillside

Castle Profile
English Name Hora Castle (Mikawa)
Japanese Name 三河洞城
Alternate Names Honda-yashiki
Founder Honda Tadataka
Year Founded c. 1550
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Otogawa Station on the Meitetsu-Nagoya Line; 35 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 57' 1.01" N, 137° 11' 43.58" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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