There are few records about this castle, but it is considered to be a satellite fortification of Ichijojiyama Castle and directly across the valley from Matsugasaki Castle. It was likely built by the Asakura/Azai alliance for their attacks on Kyoto in 1570. Either this castle or Ichijojiyama Castle were likely used to launch attacks on northern Kyoto burning parts of modern day Matsugasaki, Shugakuin, and Ichijoji.
Across the valley from Matsugakasaki Castle and along the Kirarazaka Hiking Trail to climb Mt. Hiei is a small castle ruin called Kirarazaka Castle. The center area of the castle is marked on some of the signs and maps for the Kirarazaka Trail so even people who are not particularly interested in castles drop by to see the site. I had a brief chat with one such hiker who borrowed my map of the castle but still could not see anything castle-like about it! There are a couple trenches and flattened areas that are obvious to castle fans and a small hillock that was the center of the castle. One side of the castle is a very steep ravine and the castle is designed with baileys ordered vertically along the trail up the mountain. It makes it particularly difficult for any attackers to assualt.
If you are particularly ambitious you could go from here all the way to the top of Mt. Hiei or possibly cross the mountain roughly along the same elevation to the main castle Ichijojiyama Castle .
|English Name||Kirarazaka Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Shugakuin Sta. (Eizan Railway); 60 mins walk|
|Visitor Information||Mountain trails, open any time|
|Time Required||30 mins|
|Coordinates||35° 3' 18.25" N, 135° 48' 37.12" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||2021|
|Admin Visits||October 24, 2021|
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