Tsukanokoshi-kofun is the result of medieval people cannibalising an ancient burial mound for use as a fort. The centre of the mound and burial chamber were dug out to form ramparts. Before being reclaimed for rice paddies, the fort was also surrounded by a moat, and this may have also been a feature of the kofun. Given the small area of this fort, it must’ve functioned in conjunction with other nearby fortifications.
As one can tell from the name, Tsukanokoshikofun-toride is an earthworks fort built out of an ancient burial mound (a kofun). But, although the dorui (earthen ramparts) look smart, the area enclosed is a paltry 10m². That’s very small. This fort would’ve been of limited use against a large army or a small one for that matter, but it may have acted as a forward position of other better protected forts nearby, such as Tonoyama-toride.
|English Name||Tsukanokoshikofun Fort|
|Year Founded||Medieval Era|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Nearest station is Maibara Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line|
|Visitor Information||24/7; Free; Fields|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Maibara, Shiga Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 19' 58.80" N, 136° 18' 43.60" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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