Mochizukishi Castle (Koka)



Visit Notes

Mochizukishi Castle is a little smaller and a little less complex design indicating that Mochizuki Castle is likely to be the main one of the pair. See Mochizuki Castle for more details

Mochizukishi Castle was my 400th different castle visited.

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Castle Profile
English Name Mochizukishi Castle (Koka)
Japanese Name 望月支城
Founder Mochizuki clan
Year Founded Muromachi Period (1336-1573)
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Konan Sta. (Kusatsu Line), 60 min walk
Visitor Information private property
Time Required 60 mins
Location Koka, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 55' 5.77" N, 136° 8' 54.96" E
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Collections Koka Castles
Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2022
Admin Visits February 11, 2022
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Jokaku Horoki - Mochizukishi Castle

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8 months ago
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Eric, Mochizukishi Castle is not a bad one for a milestone visit. This castle ruin has one big central bailey ringed by earthen ramparts. They are relatively clear of undergrowth, so a castle fan can walk along the top of them. The dorui here is not as high as its neighbour, Mochizuki Castle. Mochizukishi Castle’s earthen ramparts are only around 3.5 to 4m in height as opposed to 7 to 9m for its paired neighbour. There are two koguchi or gateways into the Mochizukishi’s main bailey, as shown in some of the photos on this profile. Surrounding the main bailey are some smaller baileys.

It is easy to miss the way into Mochizukishi Castle from the road as one is tempted to take a clearer trail leading into the forest about 50m from the site of Mochizukishi Castle instead of taking the more overgrown and barely noticeable trail to Mochizukishi Castle.