Kamitohno Castle

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History

Although the castle’s founding date is unknown, it is said to have been built by the Kamitōno Clan. The clan claimed they were descendants of vassals who served the Imperial court in the Kamakura period. Although the castle was abandoned at the beginning of the Edo period, part of the citadel was used as a Jin’ya for the Tanakura fief for a while after.


Visit Notes

I visited by car. I found out that the locals also call this site Yashiomijou. The preferred reading is also Katohnojou after the neighbourhood, but I seem to recall Kamitohnojou was the original name. I take this opportunity to relate that the honmaru was full of coriander when I visited, and stepping on it brought out that smell very strongly. And then a British man erected a May Pole and children danced around it to the melody of english folk music. That is what happened when I went. Profile and photos contributed by AdamT (ART).




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Castle Profile
English Name Kamitohno Castle
Japanese Name 上遠野城
Alternate Names Katohnojo
Founder Kamitōno
Year Founded Unknown: by at least Sengoku
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features
Visitor Information
Access A bus runs to Tohno village
Visitor Information 24hr/free
Time Required 2 hours
Location Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture
Coordinates 37° 0' 45.11" N, 140° 45' 3.10" E
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Admin
Added to Jcastle 2016
Contributor ART
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ARTShogun

93 months ago
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I found out today that the locals also call this site Yashiomijou. The preferred reading is also Katohnojou after the neighbourhood, but I seem to recall Kamitohnojou was the original name. I take this opportunity to relate that the honmaru was full of Coriander when I visited, and stepping on it brought out that smell very strongly. And then a British man erected a May Pole and children danced around it to the melody of english folk music. That is what happened when I went.