Tsutsujigasaki Fort

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The Tsutsujigasaki Pavilion, though later referred to as a villa, was likely a watchtower overlooking the fortified manor hall of the Takeda Clan.

See Tsutsujigasaki Palace for more information.

Visit Notes

There is a minor fortification site on a bluff behind a reservoir just east of the Takeda Shrine and yakata (manor hall) site. The edge of the ridge is flattened and terraced, though not very wide. Despite the curious name, Tsutsujiǵasaki-tei - ‘tei’ meaning ‘mansion’ - it appears to be a simple toride (fort) site. To make sure I wasn’t missing anything I climbed the ridge to Tsutsujiǵasaki Park which is located at higher elevation. I couldn’t confirm any more fortification sites (beyond suspicions), but I’m glad I went further up the trail because, whilst inspecting a sloped ditch to the rear of a terraced area, I saw a wild hakubishin (masked palm civet) for the first time. Civets are rare to see, being nocturnal. This one was climbing up a tree right above me.


Castle Profile
English Name Tsutsujigasaki Fort
Japanese Name 躑躅ヶ崎邸
Alternate Names 躑躅ヶ崎遊亭
Founder Takeda Nobutora
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Tatebori, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Kōfu Station on the Chūō Line; 35 minute walk, or 15 minute bus ride to Takeda-jinja
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Kōfu, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 41' 9.89" N, 138° 34' 50.23" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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