Minokubi Castle

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Minokubi Castle, also known as Sakamoto Castle, was built in 1572 to replace an earlier nearby castle, Atagoyamajō, which was assaulted and destroyed by Sōma Moritane in 1571. It was erected by Watari clan vassal, Sakamoto Toshihisa, son-in-law of Sakamoto Takatoshi who had died defending Atagoyamajō. Toshihisa’s son, Sakamoto Tadahisa, was transferred away in 1591 and the Date clan’s Gotō Nobuyasu took over. In 1610 Yunome Kageyasu became castellan, but he was rewarded following his efforts at the Siege of Ōsaka with more valuable territory and relocated in 1615. Thereafter Minokubijō, surrounding territory valued at around 2,000 koku, was held by the Ōeda clan. The castle was abandoned following the Boshin War.

Visit Notes

Minokubi Castle has an Ōtemon gate in the third bailey. Behind the honmaru (main bailey), now the site of Sakamoto-jinja, is a row of dorui (earthen embankment) and horikiri (trench). The Sannomaru (third bailey) was also accessible when I visited, there was a pond there and an abandoned home. The Ninomaru (second bailey) is now the site of a school.


Castle Profile
English Name Minokubi Castle
Japanese Name 蓑首城
Alternate Names 陸奥坂元城
Founder Sakamoto Toshihisa
Year Founded 1572
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Ohtemon
Features gates, trenches
Visitor Information
Access Jōban-sen, (New) Sakamoto Station, 10 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7
Time Required 30 minutes
Website https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%9D%82%E5%85%83%E5%9F%8E
Location Yamamoto Town, Miyagi Prefecture
Coordinates 37° 55' 3.07" N, 140° 53' 34.66" E
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Added to Jcastle 2017
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44 months ago
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Should properly be called Mutsu-Sakamotojou.


78 months ago
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Aghh disaster! ^_^; On the castle map this castle, Minokubi Castle, is shown at the site of Omori Castle in Fukushima. Omori castle is the one with the reconstructed Sengoku period turret. Minokubi castle is located at the very south of coastal Miyagi Prefecture in Sakamoto. If you need the co-ordinates again I can message you on fb. Omori Castle is also listed as being here - I searched for it - but it doesn't display on the map because Minokubi Castle has been entered in the same place.

It's because you've been so terribly busy lately, I think. Wish I could help somehow. New site is looking great so far.