Gassan Toda Castle 月山富田城
Founder unknown
Horio
Year 1600
Type Mountaintop
Condition Ruins
Alternate Name Gassan-jo, Toda-jo
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Historical Site National Historic Site
Historical Value Top 100 Castles
Location Yasugi, Shimane Pref.
Map Google Map
Access 3000 yen taxi or very infrequent bus (Yellow Bus) from Yasugi Sta.
Website Yasugi Sightseeing
Visited November 19, 2010
Notes There are very few buses form Yasugi Station so the round trip can result in a lot of waiting. The person at the Tourism Information Desk recommended I take a taxi. This was good because I was able to have some time to see Yonago Castle afterwards. The Honmaru is at the top of the mountain behind the building in the picture above and well worth the hike.
History The original castle here was built around the end of the Heian Period or early Kamakura Period, but it is not known exactly when or by whom a castle first constructed on this site. It was the home of the Amago clan during the end of the Sengoku Period until they were conquered by Mori Motonari in 1565. In 1600, Horio Yoshiharu moved into the castle and rebuilt and fortified the castle. Horio decided that that Gassan area was not conducive to developing a thriving economy so he started work on Matsue Castle. Gassan Toda Castle was abandoned in 1611 when Horio moved to Matsue.

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Yasugi, Shimane Pref.
Gassan Toda Castle views
stone walls of the otemon
horikiri horikiri moat
Inside the reconstructed building Some stone walls of the Sanchu Palace area
Stone walls of the Sanchuu Palace area Some of the stone walls of the Sanchuu Palace.
Some of the stone walls from a gate of the Sanchuu Palace. stone walls around the Sanchuu Palace Area
Sanchuu Palace area Stone walls of the Sannomaru Bailey
moat between the Ninomaru and Honmaru baileys The Ninomaru as taken from the Honmaru bailey
Honmaru bailey Stone walls of the Sannomaru Bailey
stone wall of the Sanchuu Goten map