Kakimi Castle (Omi)

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Kakimijō was the fortified residence of the Kakimi Clan from at least the early 15th century until 1438 (they relocated to Sakata County), and then later the Abei Clan (from Gamō County) under Abei Magobē. The Rokkaku and Kyōgoku clans clashed here during the Ōnin War (1467-1477). After the Ōnin War the territory was owned by Shinnyōji, a temple in Kyōto. In 1570 the Rokkaku Clan encamped at the castle as part of their campaign to reclaim their territory, but they were deafeated by Shibata Katsuie. Kakimijō was captured by Oda Nobunaga's forces after the defeat of the Rokkaku Clan. In 1571 Nagata Eitoshi was recorded as occupying the castle. Kakimijō was likely abandoned before the Edo period.

Visit Notes

I came to the so-called 'Himeyashiki (Princess's Residence)' area of Kakimijō, which is a presumed bailey site of about 60m by 80m, elevated higher than the surrounding area and surrounded by waterways thought to be the remnants of moats. The site of the temple Kongōji is reckoned to have been the main area of the castle. There is another area called 'Tonoyashiki (Lord's Residence)' in this area. The water ways in the neighbourhood are considered to have formed moats. Kongōji has some old looking stone walls but they probably date to the Edo period at the earliest. Accounting for all of these traces and the given area the castle must've been fairly complex with several parts.


Castle Profile
English Name Kakimi Castle (Omi)
Japanese Name 近江垣見城
Founder Kakimi Clan
Year Founded Early 15th Century
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Mizubori, Kuruwa
Features water moats, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Notogawa Station on the Biwako Line; 10 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Higashi-Ōmi, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 10' 58.22" N, 136° 9' 58.18" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Oshiro Tabi Nikki
Jōkaku Tanbō
Jōkaku Hōrōki
Masaki Shibata

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