Takaharasuwajō was built in the Muromachi Period by the Ema Clan. It was their strongest fort until the construction of Higashimachijō (Kamiokajō) in 1564, which followed the clan's submission to Takeda Shingen. In 1582, Ema Clan leader Ema Terumori was killed in the Battle of Yōkamachi. In 1585, Ema Tokimasa tried to revive the clan, rebelling against their new overlord, Kanamori Nagachika, but was killed in battle. It is thought that Takaharasuwajō was destroyed at this time.
I had no plan to visit Takaharasuwajō that day until I learned about its history in connection with the fortified manor house of the Ema Clan, the Ema-yakata. It is physically removed from the yakata, however, and only one of many such castles in the area of Kamioka town. Since a mountain road goes directly by the castle ruin it is possible to drive there, although there's only space to park by the entrance to the trail head for a single vehicle. Castle ruins are apparent immediately as the trail starts. Here there is a double trench system with buddhist statues scattered here and there. Another horikiri (trench) linked to an incredibly long tatebori (climbing moat) running the height of the mountain is located before the central bailey, which has more climbing moats around it. The central bailey is almost entirely surrounded by a ring bailey, which I liked. Ascending to the central bailey itself gives a brilliant view of the valley below, especially of the reconstructed yakata. The mogi-tenshu at Kamiokajō is also visible from here.
|English Name||Takaharasuwa Castle|
|Year Founded||Muromachi Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Horikiri, Kuruwa, Obi-kuruwa, Dorui, Tatebori|
|Access||Nearest Station is probably Hida-Furukawa. Need bus or taxi / car.|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free, limited parking|
|Time Required||45 minutes|
|Location||Hida, Gifu Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 19' 25.28" N, 137° 18' 51.77" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2019|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|