Ikenoshiri-yakata was built by the Ikejiri Clan as their fortified residence. Ikejiri Heizaēmon served Oda Nobunaga. Ikejiri Masanobu, also known as Kajikawa Ichirōēmon, served Oda Nobuhide. Ikejiri Seisuke served Oda Nobuo. A chrysanthemum-patterned water vessel dating to the 15th century has been unearthed at the site. The pond (ike) adjacent to the yakata site is said to have been visited by Shōtoku-taishi.
It is reported that there are the remains of dorui (earthen ramparts) in a corner of Ikenoshiri Village, the only vestiges of Ikenoshiri Castle, a fortified manor hall. However, these are now hidden in a bamboo grove, and I couldn't find them. This was one of several sites that day that heavy bamboo growth prevented further exploration of, Oumi Nakato Castle and Oumi Shimozato Castle sites being similar. Bamboo is still a useful for people in these parts I suppose! Given that the village is situated below Ebisu Pond - beneath a berm - I figured that the castle and village were named for this.
|English Name||Ikenoshiri Yakata|
|Year Founded||15th century|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Yōkaichi Station on the Ōmi Rail Kotō-Ōmi Line; 11 minute drive or 77 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Free; 24/7; Forest|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Higashi-Oumi, Shiga Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 7' 5.70" N, 136° 15' 23.62" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|