Mikawa Kaminogou Castle
Kaminogo Jo in Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture has an interesting history, as it is the site of a successful ninja operation! The story goes that in 1562, some family members (possibly a daughter?) of Ieyasu were being held hostage in the Imagawa held Kaminogo and Hattori Hanzō and about six ninja rescued them. One evening, dressed in samurai garb, they approached the castle gates carrying an andon lantern with the castle lords’ crest on it. The guards recognized the crest and opened the gates without question allowing the small ninja group to penetrate the fortress before splitting up and starting fires in various areas. In the panic that ensued, they managed to rescue the hostages and easily escape alongside the panicked castle inhabitants.
Kaminogōjō is quite well maintained. Not a bad site to visit.
Profile by Chris Glenn (edited by ART).
|English Name||Mikawa Kaminogou Castle|
|Year Founded||Before 1562|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Dorui, Kuruwa, Hori, Wells|
|Access||Gamagōri Station on the Tōkaidō Line; 30 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; mountain|
|Location||Gamagōri, Aichi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 50' 31.99" N, 137° 13' 30.58" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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