Kawanami Castle (Omi)

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Kawanamijō was the fortified residence of Lord Takahashi Tsushima. It was later the site of the residence of a shōya (village magistrate) in the Edo period.

Visit Notes

Kawanamijō is now the site of the temples Jōdoji and Shinrenji in the village of Kawaminami. Waterways, said to have originally been moats, can be seen adjacent to the temples, and their are dorui (earthen ramparts) remaining, but these are on private property in a thicket. Apparently the castle's koguchi (main gate) existed on the southeastern side. The waterway on the south side looks nice because of the temple architecture adjacent, but it has been made much narrower to accomodate the road. The castle's area was only about 40-60m²; it was a small fortified residence.

  • Temple and remnant moat
  • Water Moat

Castle Profile
English Name Kawanami Castle (Omi)
Japanese Name 近江川南城
Founder Takahashi Tsushima
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Mizubori
Features water moats
Visitor Information
Access Notogawa Station on the Biwako Line; 42 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Higashi-Ōmi, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 12' 5.94" N, 136° 9' 53.39" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Oshiro Tabi Nikki
Jōkaku Tanbō
Masaki Shibata

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