Sasou Castle




The history of Sasou Castle is unclear. It was built as a satellite fortification of Kannonji Castle and would have been captured by Oda Nobunaga in 1568 when he assailed Kannonji Castle.

Visit Notes

Sasou Castle seems to fly under the radar of many castles fans but it has some great stone walls for a fairly small and accessible castle. The castle is basically a single bailey with some extra fortification around the entrances on the ridge line. It's very easy to visit along with other great castles in the area including Hikone Castle, Kannonji Castle, and Azuchi Castle

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Castle Profile
English Name Sasou Castle
Japanese Name 佐生城
Alternate Names Sasouhiyoshi-jo, Sanoyama-jo
Founder Goto Katatoyo
Year Founded mid 16th C.
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Notogawa Sta. (Biwako Line); 20 min walk
Visitor Information open 24/7
Time Required 75 mins
Location Higashi Omi, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 10' 28.31" N, 136° 10' 30.68" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2019
Admin Visits March 1, 2019
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