Echi Sone Castle
Sonejō was a branch fort of Ogurajō (Echi Ogura Castle) constructed by the Ogura Clan. Its position along a cliff overlooking the Echi River valley made it strategically useful to the Ogura in protecting their territory in Echi District. No ruins remain.
Sonejō is a clifftop fortification site overlooking the Echi River valley. There is a comely thatched roof temple directly below. Whilst I was looking in the fields for some evidence of a fortification having existed – and finding none – I did come across a deceased mole. Because their mounds are big, their small size always surprises me when I see them. I’ve not seen a living one though. I wonder that they surface when dying? Anyway, some pictures online show a row of ishigaki here, but it’s not related to the castle and looks fairly recent in its construction.
|English Name||Echi Sone Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Yōkaichi Station on the Ōmi Rail Kotō-Ōmi Line; 13 minute drive or 80 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Free; 24/7; Field|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Higashi-Oumi, Shiga Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 6' 3.74" N, 136° 15' 26.21" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|