Tsukanokoshikofun Fort

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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.

Visit Notes

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.

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  • Dorui carved from Kofun

Castle Profile
English Name Tsukanokoshikofun Fort
Japanese Name 塚ノ越古墳砦
Founder ???
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Visitor Information
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
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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