Tarui Castle

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There seems to be some conflation between Taruijō and the Nagaya Clan residence which was sited very nearby, possibly with overlapping footprints. Nagaya Kageyori built a residence here in the Sengoku period or before. Nagaya Kageoki moved the clan residence to Aiba, however, where in 1547 he was defeated and killed by Saitō Dōsan. During and after this time the Tarui residence was abandoned. Taruijō proper existed only for a short time in 1600 when Hirataka Tamehiro was enfeoffed with territory in the area of value 12,000 koku. That year the battle of Sekigahara took place nearby, however, and Hirataka was slain. Taruijō was either abandoned or destroyed at this time.

Visit Notes

The site of Taruijō is now that of temples. There is a marker and explanatory board for the castle in front of the temple Senshōji. The temple has some stone walls and interesting features, including the Tarui Spring, which we imagine the castle made use of, although there are no apparent ruins of the stronghold left today. The Nagaya Clan residence was also located nearby. Other nearby historical sites include the battle camp of Ikeda Terumasa and Tarui-juku honjin (main inn). I had things to do so I only checked the castle site.

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  • site marker / stele

Castle Profile
English Name Tarui Castle
Japanese Name 垂井城
Alternate Names 樽井城
Founder Hirataka Tamehiro
Year Founded 1600
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Tarui Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line; 7 minute walk.
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Tarui, Gifu Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 22' 12.29" N, 136° 31' 29.96" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
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