Tajimi Castle

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Tajimijō was constructed by Tajimi Kuninaga in the early 14th century. The Tajimi Clan were a branch of the Toki Clan. In 1324, Lord Kuninaga responded to Emperor Go-Daigo's rallying cry to help him overthrow the Kamakura Shogunate, and went to Kyōto along with other local clansmen such as the Toki and Ori. However, their plan was leaked ahead of time, and only death awaited them at the capital. Lord Kuninaga was killed in a night raid which became known as the Shōchū Incident.

It seems that the local boys from Toki County did not pass up an opportunity of going to the capital to do a little partying, even though they were there on serious business, and Tajimi Kuninaga - a still robust fellow in his mid-thirties - had a wild night. In the darkness of the pre-dawn, Kuninaga was awoken by the prostitue - a resourceful lass who was his regular - he had slept with, alerting him to the incoming hostiles. Kuninaga was able to arose his fellows and even don some battle armour. Kuninaga and the lads were able to fight back against their attackers, leading to a fierce battle surrounding their compound. However, they were ultimately forced back into their chambers were they committed seppuku.

Remembered fondly by townsfolk, Tajimi Kuninaga continues to play a lead role when he is reincarnated for local festivals, and the site of his provincial residence has been made a prefectural tier historically designated site.

Visit Notes

Even though this, the site of Tajimijō in Tajimi Municipality, also known as the residence of Tajimi Kuninaga, is a prectural-level designated historical site, there are no ruins to speak of. Next to a small park there is a stele to mark the site with an explanation board featuring a portrait of Tajimi Kuninaga. There is an old shopping arcade here with a roof section. This obscures the grand old merchant residence which neighbours the small park and was of interest to me. The roofed shopping promenade had signs saying 'Ginza', but most of the shops along it were closed. A ginormous Ion Mall has recently been constructed in the hills between Tajimi and Toki.


Castle Profile
English Name Tajimi Castle
Japanese Name 多治見城
Alternate Names Tajimi-Nagakuni-tei (多治見国長邸)
Founder Tajimi Kuninaga
Year Founded Early 14th Century
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Tajimi Station on the Chūō Main Line; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; park
Time Required 5 minutes
Website https://www.pref.gifu.lg.jp/page/7186.html
Location Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 19' 58.30" N, 137° 7' 45.98" E
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