Wadayama Castle (Omi)

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Wadayamajō was a branch castle of Kannonjijō (Kannonji Castle) constructed by Rokkaku Yoshisuke in the middle 16th century, probably around 1560 in anticipation of Asai Nagamasa's invasion of Rokkaku territory. The castellan was Tanaka Daisuke. In 1568 Oda Nobunaga invaded Rokkaku territory and the defenders of Wadayamajō, which had a garrison of 6,000 troops, following the fall of Minosakuyamajō on the mountain across the plain to the south, ran away without a fight.

Visit Notes

Wadayamajō is a Sengoku period yamajiro (mountaintop castle) ruin with earthworks such as kuruwa (baileys), dorui (earthen ramparts), and umadashi (barbicans). Wadayamajō's ruins are obvious to a yamajiro fan, but there is another castle site on the same mountain of which there are much fewer ruins, and this other castle, called Wadayamakojō, is thought to predate Wadayamajō (see Wadayamako Castle (Shiga)).

  • Dorui
  • Sub-bailey with dorui to left

Castle Profile
English Name Wadayama Castle (Omi)
Japanese Name 近江和田山城
Founder Rokkaku Yoshisuke
Year Founded c. 1560
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Kuruwa, Umadashi
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Notogawa Sation on the Biwako Line; 40 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Higashi-Ōmi, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 10' 29.50" N, 136° 11' 26.66" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Shiro Meguri
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Masaki Shibata

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