Nemoto Castle




Nemotojō was built as a forward base by the Wakao Clan, vassals of the Takeda Clan of Kai, during Takeda Shingen's invasion of eastern Mino Province in early 1573. After the defeat of the Takeda Clan in 1582, the Wakao remained in the area, serving Mori Nagayoshi; Nemotojō became a branch castle of Kaneyamajō.

Visit Notes

Nemotojō is a yamajiro (mountaintop castle) ruin in Nemoto Township, Tajimi Municipality. Ruins include earthworks such as horikiri (trenches), tatebori (climbing trenches), dorui (earthen ramparts), kuruwa (baileys) and a dobashi (earthen bridge). A large horikiri separates the two upper baileys. In the main bailey the earth excavated from the horikiri has been piled up into dorui. There is a sub-bailey beneath the main bailey. To the rear of the rear upper bailey is a smaller trench straddled by a dobashi, with the mountain ridge beyond.

The site features as part of a hiking course and is well maintained. Signs appear everywhere, and parts of the earthworks are cordoned off. Some signs proclaim defensive features, whilst others are just warnings and imprecations. There were many cordons and signs, many saying such things as "do not enter", so that it was almost like having a jealous land-owner breathing down one's neck. Anyway, the site makes for nice, compact ruins accessible to those even with limited experience with yamajiro.


Castle Profile
English Name Nemoto Castle
Japanese Name 根本城
Alternate Names Nemoto-toride (根本砦)
Founder Wakao Clan
Year Founded 1573
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Horikiri, Kuruwa, Dobashi, &c.
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Nemoto Station on the Taita Line; 30 minute walk to trailhead
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 60 minutes
Location Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 21' 17.60" N, 137° 4' 23.99" E
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Added to Jcastle 2024
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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Nippon Shiro Meguri

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