Oumi Shimozato Castle
Shimozatojō, also known as Oshidatejō, was built in the Nanbokuchō Period or earlier, likely as a fortified residence of a powerful local clan, though it is not known which. The fort, built alongside the Gonotani River, is recorded in the Imaiki, where it is called Oshidatejō, as being caught up in a conflict along with neighbouring Kitabodaijijō (Oumi Kitabodaiji Castle).
All I could see was a bamboo thicket which appeared to be on private property so I moved swiftly on from Shimozatojō, but local castle bloggers describe dorui (earthen rampart) remains located behind various homes. The site is now a village, temple and fields.
|English Name||Oumi Shimozato Castle|
|Year Founded||Nanbokuchō Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Echigawa Station on the Ōmi Rail Kotō-Ōmi Line; 10 minute drive or 80 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Private Property|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Higashi-Oumi, Shiga Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 8' 26.34" N, 136° 15' 24.91" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|