In 1339, Shoryuji Castle was built by Hosokawa Yoriharu, a leading retainer of Ashikaga Takauji, the first shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate. The castle is located a strategic point to help defend Kyoto, the capital at the time, from incursions from the West. During the Onin Wars, the Iwanari Tomomichi was lord of the castle for the western alliance. After Nobunaga conquered the region he stationed Hosokawa Fujitaka here. Fujitaka fortified the castle and built a double moat around it. The castle was also used as a base by Akechi Mitsuhide in the Battle of Yamazaki after the death of Nobunaga in 1582. Parts of the castle were cannibalized for use in Yodo Castle and it was left in a poor state. Nagai Naokiyo became lord of the castle in 1633 and attempted to reconstruct it, but the castle was decommissioned when he was moved to Settsu province in 1649.
Much of the Honmaru and Numatamaru are preserved in close to their original state. The reconstructed walls give you some sense of what it was like but the community center on the grounds that is meant to look like a castle structure actually makes the reconstruction of the castle look a little bit more grand than it likely was. Close to the station, this castle is worth stopping at if you are in the area.
|English Name||Shoryuji Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Features||water moats, stone walls|
|Access||JR Nagaokakyo Sta. (Tokaido Line), 10 min walk|
|Visitor Information||Open 9am-6pm April to October, and 9am-5pm November to March. Free admission.|
|Time Required||20 mins|
|Coordinates||34° 55' 5.63" N, 135° 42' 2.77" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2008|
|Admin Year Visited||2016|
|Admin Visits||December 25, 2016|
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|Malcolm Fairman Photography - Shoryuji Castle|