Kobushi Castle (Tsuru)

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It is not known who built Kobushijō or when, but based on an old inscription it is thought that the fort was built before 1511 and that its lord was Tsurubōmaru (this sounds like a childhood name, so his true identity is unknown).

Visit Notes

Kobushijō in historical Tsuru County is a rather minor site but it has the advantage of being easy to reach as it is only on a small hill. Formerly there was a Konpira shrine on this hill, but that, in turn, is now gone too, and only a small altar remains. There is a sign at the bottom of the hill indicating the way to ‘Jōyama’, indicating the castle-mount (the pronunciation is apparently a local one). It’s hard to know what earth was heaped and levelled for the medieval fort as opposed to the later shrine, but definitely something was built here, and it does look like a probable bailey site to me. There is also some terracing beneath the embankments. Lower terraces may have been cultivated in later times.

  • Embankment of the main bailey

Castle Profile
English Name Kobushi Castle (Tsuru)
Japanese Name 都留小伏城
Founder Tsurubōmaru
Year Founded Sengoku Period; before 1511
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access The nearest station is Uenohara Station on the Chūō Main Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Uenohara, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 40' 9.55" N, 139° 6' 10.58" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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