Sakurabasamade Castle


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Sakurabasamadejō was a branch fortification of Sakurabasamajō to cover that castle's blindspot. See Sakurabasama Castle for more information.

Visit Notes

Sakurabasamadejō was a satellite fortification of Sakurabasamajō ('dejō' indicating a branch fortification of a larger site). It's actually a mountaintop site, being situated on a hill at the edge of a mountain chain overlooking the plain, and so I was eager to find something tangible, but nowhere could I access this site. It seems there is no path to reach it. On one side is a road which cuts into the mountain and has wrought steep, concreted sides, and from every other direction the hill is surrounded by private property. But I did get close enough to take some pictures of the fort mount, and beneath the site is a kofun (ancient burial mound) complex with well maintained tombs. One can even go inside the burial mounds where there are large stone sarcophagi! This was unanticipated but very interesting.

Maps of this site show a single bailey fort complex with some tatebori (climbing moats). My respect to the castle blogger at Jōkaku Tanbō ('Searching for Castles') who made it up onto the hill and confirmed the existence of ruins here.

  • Castle Mount from below

Castle Profile
English Name Sakurabasamade Castle
Japanese Name 桜生出城
Founder Sawa Clan; Sawa Kiyomitsu
Year Founded Mid' 16th Century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Tatebori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Yasu Station on the Biwako Line; 30 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Yasu, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 4' 24.96" N, 136° 2' 28.28" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Jōkaku Tanbō
Masaki Shibata

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