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.
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.
|English Name||Tsutsujigasaki Fort|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|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|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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