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.
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.
|English Name||Yumurayama Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Features||turrets, trenches, stone walls|
|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|
|Added to Jcastle||2017|
|Admin Year Visited||2017|
|Admin Visits||October 9, 2017|