Shimomisu Castle


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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.

Visit Notes

The site of Misujō, also often called Shimomisujō, 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 suburbanisation.

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  • Karabori / Dry Moat

Castle Profile
English Name Shimomisu Castle
Japanese Name 三栖城
Alternate Names 三栖城
Founder Yokoôji Clan
Year Founded Muromachi Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Karabori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Chūshojima Station on the Keihan Uji Railway; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; shrine
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Kyoto, Kyoto
Coordinates 34° 55' 38.46" N, 135° 44' 56.22" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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