Tsuyama Castle (Koka)
This was a branch castle of the Ban clan. It is north of their main fortified home the Ban Yashiki and their main castle the Shimoyama Castle. An early history of Koka erroneously attributes this castle to the Tsuyama clan who moved to Okayama.
The only entrance I can find of this castle on any website is through the farmer's field facing the main road. On this day the farmer was planting a freshly plowed field and I could see no way to get to the mountain without going through so I took a pass this time. I tried to circle around the mountain and look for another way in but the only potential path led me to some dead end. A bit of getting lost on the way back out landed me in the middle of someone's flower garden and about 50m or some from where I entered. oops.
The photo is of the mountain taken from near the Shimoyama Kita Castle. It looks like there may be some interesting ruins here so I may try it again.
|English Name||Tsuyama Castle (Koka)|
|Year Founded||16th C.|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Mikumo Sta (JR Kusatsu Line), 40 min walk|
|Visitor Information||private property|
|Time Required||30 mins|
|Location||Koka, Shiga Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 59' 40.42" N, 136° 8' 7.26" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||2022|
|Admin Visits||April 1, 2022|