Misujō is presumed to have been built in the Muromachi period by the Yokoôji Clan who were vassals of the Shogunate. The castle was surrounded by moats and was probably a jōkan or yakata (fortified manor hall). The site was used as a residence into the Edo period and at some point became Misu-jinja. Archaeological research was conducted at the castle ruin in the 1980s.
The site of Misujō, also often called Shimonisujō, is now that of Misu Shrine. The shrine is surrounded on three sides by a deep karabori (dry moat), although the enclosed area is not so large. My impression was of some kind of fortified residence. It may be that the remains were part of a wider moat system which has since been developed over by surrounding suburbanization.
|English Name||Shimomisu Castle|
|Year Founded||Muromachi Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Chūshojima Station on the Keihan Uji Railway; 15 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; shrine|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Coordinates||34° 55' 38.46" N, 135° 44' 56.22" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|