Minami Wakamiko Castle

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Minami-Wakamikojō, which is thought to have consisted of two baileys, was a satellite fortification of Wakamikojō (Wakamiko Castle).

Visit Notes

Minami-Wakamikojō is located on the plateau to the south of Wakamikojō. Nothing remains of the castle, and it is now the site of a temple, Hōtokuji. The temple - at first glance - appears to be surrounded by dorui (earthen ramparts), which naturally excited me. But a closer inspection gave me cause for doubt that these were the ruins of a castle. It's hard to quantify exactly what first triggered my suspicions, but something, as they say, was off. I knew it deep in my bones! Anyway, the embankments, which are only on the eastern side, remain from when the area was excavated in 1982 as part of an unauthorised earth-harvesting operation - probably for backfill (Wakamikojō was also heavily damaged by earth extraction in the Meiji period for rebuilding walls after a town fire).


Castle Profile
English Name Minami Wakamiko Castle
Japanese Name 南若神子城
Founder Takeda Clan; Hōjō Ujinao
Year Founded Kamakura Period; 1582
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Hinoharu Station on the Chūō Line; 45 minute walk.
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 47' 28.57" N, 138° 24' 55.48" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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