Yumurayama Castle

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Takeda Nobutora built Yumurayama Castle after Yogaisan Castle as another fortress in the network around their base at the Tsutsujigasaki Palace. The main purpose of this castle was as a lookout and smoke signal tower. Signals from here could easily be seen from the Tsutsujigasaki Palace. The castle was likely abandoned after the downfall of the Takeda clan, but given it's strategically important location it may have been used through the end of the Sengoku Period.

Visit Notes

Unfortunately the site is not well maintained otherwise it could be much more interesting. Watch carefully to find the original stone wall ruins at the top. There are also deceptive modern stone walls along much of the road up from the Sports Complex.

Probably the easiest way to get here on public transportation is to take the bus from Kofu Station to the Yumurayama Onsen. Use a map and follow the switchbacks of the road up the mountain until the road ends. At the end of the road you should see a dirt path that leads to the paved road up from the Midorigaoka Sports Complex. Whether you go from the hot spring or the sports complex the road is paved all the way to the castle ruins.

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  • Stonework around the Second Bailey
  • Stonework around the Second Bailey
  • Stonework around the Second Bailey
  • Stonework around the Second Bailey
  • Stonework around the Second Bailey
  • Kofun
  • Paved road up the mountain
  • Third Bailey on the upper left.
  • First Bailey
  • Atop of the embankment of the First Bailey
  • First Bailey with an embankment in the background
  • Well in the first bailey
  • Little resthouse outside the First Bailey
  • Large trench between the Second and Third Bailey
  • Trail to the castle ruins. There is another trail behind the photographer but it goes elsewhere.
  • Signal tower description
  • The mountain seen from a distance
  • Map of the Takeda castle network

Castle Profile
English Name Yumurayama Castle
Japanese Name 湯村山城
Alternate Names Yunoshima-jo
Founder Takeda Nobutora
Year Founded 1523
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Kofu Sta. (Chou Main Line), bus for Yumura Onsen 12 min, walk 30 mins
Visitor Information park, open any time
Time Required 30 mins
Location Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 41' 3.88" N, 138° 33' 8.64" E
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Added to Jcastle 2017
Admin Year Visited 2017
Admin Visits October 9, 2017

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