Sakurabasamadejō was a branch fortification of Sakurabasamajō to cover that castle's blindspot. See Sakurabasama Castle for more information.
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.
|English Name||Sakurabasamade Castle|
|Founder||Sawa Clan; Sawa Kiyomitsu|
|Year Founded||Mid' 16th Century|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|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|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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