Yamashiro Amidagamine Castle

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It is not known who built Amidaǵaminejō but it is thought to have been used in sectarian conflicts such as the Hokke Revolt and Kyōroku-Tenbun Disturbances by the Ikkō-shū, a True Pure Land Buddhist faction. They warred with Yamashina-Honganji, a fortified temple. There is also a possibility that the castle was first built by the Imamura Clan who were based at Imamurajō. The castle was used to suppress routes between the core of the capital and the Yamashina area. After the death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi a mausoleum was built for the regent here, but Tokugawa authorities destroyed it following the fall of Ôsakajō in 1615. The current mausoleum was built in 1897.

Visit Notes

Amidaǵaminejō ("Castle of Amida Peak") is now the site of a mausoleum for Toyotomi Hideyoshi centred around a large gorintō (five-tier stone stupa). The castle ruins are easily accessed by a long stone stairway which climbs in a straight line up the mountainside. Features of this castle include chiefly dorui (earthen ramparts) and some bailey spaces. There are remnants of dorui around the gorintō, and a large segment of rammed earth beneath the peak, to the right of the gatehouse to the mausoleum when ascending. By the way, from the peak one can see beautiful views of Kyōto, especially of Gion and Kiyomizudera.

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Castle Profile
English Name Yamashiro Amidagamine Castle
Japanese Name 山城阿弥陀ヶ峰城
Founder Imamura Clan or Ikkō-shū
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Shichijō Station on the Keihan Main Line; 20 minute walk to Toyokuni-byō
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 50 minutes
Location Kyoto, Kyoto
Coordinates 34° 59' 17.59" N, 135° 47' 5.21" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
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