Shimura Castle (Omi)


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Shimurajō was the generational base of the Shimura Clan. It's construction date is unknown but it existed from at least 1559 when Shimura Izumori is recorded as being the castellan. In 1570 Shimura Tadasuke raised an army against Oda Nobunaga following the fatwā put out against him by Ishiyama-Honganji. In 1571 Oda's forces under Sakuma Nobumori assaulted Shimurajō, conquering the castle. On the 1st of September Sakuma Nobumori, Nakagawa Shigemasa, Shibata Katsuie, and Niwa Nagahide surrounded Shimurajō with their troops. They assaulted the castle from all sides and broke through its ramparts. Up to 670 of the defenders were slaughtered and the complete obliteration of Shimurajō led to the neighbouring castle of Ogawajō to offer their surrender and beg for forgiveness. Jōrenji, which stands on the site of the castle today, is said to be the Shimura Clan's bodaiji (ancestral temple).

Visit Notes

No ruins remain of Shimurajō and the site is now temples and a residential area centred upon the western portion of the village of Shingū.


Castle Profile
English Name Shimura Castle
Japanese Name 志村城
Alternate Names 神崎新村城
Founder Shimura Clan
Year Founded Before 1559
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Notogawa Station on the Biwako Line; 40 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Higashi-Ōmi, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 11' 56.47" N, 136° 9' 21.53" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
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