Ohmizo Jin'ya

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In 1619, a jin'ya was established by Wakebe Mitsunobu in what was the San-no-maru of Ohmizo Castle. Wakebe expanded and enhanced the town started by Oda Nobuzumi into an Edo Period Jin'ya town. Eventually the remaining moats and other remnants of the castle were buried as the town grew. The Wakebe controlled the town until the Meiji Period.

Visit Notes

The jin'ya lands overlap some with the former castle but for all intents and purposes they are two distinct fortifications and the jin'ya developed over the castle remnants that were not carried off to build Minakuchi Okayama Castle. Remnants from the jin'ya include the Somon Gate, which is often erroneously attributed to "Ohmizo Castle". Likewise, the old samurai home (despite its horrible condition) also dates from the Edo Period. The Kasai Residence, a bukeyashiki a short walk from the Somon, was occupied until recently. It is now in very poor shape but photos from just a few years ago show it in much better condition with a tended garden. The house also used to have a Nagayamon Gate but it was dismantled in the Taisho Period.

The repairs to the gate were completed in March 2024. I do plan to visit this summer and take new photos.

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Castle Profile
English Name Ohmizo Jin'ya
Japanese Name 大溝陣屋
Founder Wakebe Mitsunobu
Year Founded 1619
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features gates, samurai homes
Visitor Information
Access Omitakashima Sta. (Kosei Line), 10 min walk
Visitor Information
Time Required 15 minutes
Website https://takashima-kanko.jp/spot/2024/04/post 327.html
Location Takashima, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 17' 41.64" N, 136° 0' 39.92" E
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Added to Jcastle 2024
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2023
Admin Visits Sept 29, 2023
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