Gujo Hachiman Castle 郡上八幡城
Founder Endo Morikazu
Year 1559
Type Mountaintop
Condition Reconstructed
Reconstructed 1933 (wood)
Structure 4 levels, 5 stories
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Historical Site Prefectural Historic Site
Location Gujo Hachiman, Gifu Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Gujo Hachiman Station, Nagaragawa Line
Website Gujo Hachiman Castle
Visited February 22, 2004
Notes The reconstruction of this castle is done very well in wood. The interior is still a typical resonstruction museum and not in the style of an original castle but it has an old feeling and is well done. The surrounding castle town and mountains are also very picturesque, but the weather this day was snowy/rainy and not good.

This castle was founded by Endo Morikazu after he won the battle of Mt. Todo and became lord over this area. He was only able to build up the stone walls of the castle before passed away and the castle passed to his son Yoshitaka. While Yoshitaka served as a retainer of Nobunaga Inaba Sadamichi was placed as the lord of the castle. Inaba built up the main keep and most of the supporting structures of the castle.

After the battle of Sekigahara, Yoshitaka returned to Gujo Hachiman. Endo Tsunetomo renovated much of the castle and fortified the castle town after he became lord in 1646. In 1870 the castle and all supporting structures were torn down except for some of the stone walls. The castle was rebuilt in wood in 1933.

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  • Reid    July 04, 2012 at 08:14 AM
    Recommendation on getting to Gujo-Hachiman: the bus is faster than the train, especially if you can catch the express bus. It leave from the Gifu City train station. I lived in Hachiman for three years back in the '90's. It is still one of my favorite places in the world.
  • john    January 08, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    well, it's sometimes hard to tell.
  • furinkazan    October 21, 2010 at 07:09 PM
    Could be wood, but it liked as being concrete, espescially when looking at the firing windows. But again i can be wrong.
  • RaymondW    October 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    I went to this castle last year. The inside was all wood with lots of supporting columns in wood. The inside was not set out like a regular castle. Instead, it has a central staircase like in a normal building with lots of open spaces and the narrow floors hugging the sides and an open space around the staircase, more akin to atrium. However, the walls could be built from concrete, but I had no way of knowing just by looking at it. As Furinkazan said, it has a very nice view of the surrounding town from the top. Getting there by train is very time-consuming.
  • Eric    October 18, 2010 at 10:39 PM
    Funrinkazan, are you sure it's concrete? My books and the website say wood. Perhaps the wood is covered by plaster which looks like concrete? I thought the inside also showed several of the wooden support beams?
  • furinkazan on My Page    October 18, 2010 at 05:59 PM
    Yesterday i went to this castle. The castle(=concrete)is not that nice, but the location on the hill is splendid. The lookout is marvelous and there are alot of things to see in the little town.
  • Julian (from Canada)    October 23, 2009 at 09:26 AM
    I drove to the castle, but was punished for my laziness by the castle actually being closed for Christmas! We did walk around the small castle grounds and of course the beautiful town before heading north for more of the beauty of Gifu.
  • Julian (from Canada)    October 23, 2009 at 09:17 AM
    I drove to the castle, but I was punished for my laziness as the castle was actually closed for Christmas, believe it or not. We did walk around the grounds and spent some time in the town before heading north for more of the beauty of Gifu.
  • Lynden C    January 15, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    You'll need a whole day for Gujo-Hachiman as it's a) Not the most accessible place in Japan b) It's a great down with a lot to do. It took me a good 4 hours to get there from Nagoya transferring to a one carriage train at Minoota. Gujo-Hachiman seems to pride it's self on it's fresh running water. If you go in mid-summer you'll see this as water is flung here and there across the streets, carp swim up and down the streams and children jump off the rocks into the clear blue river. The castle is a good 20-30 minute walk from the Station. Being a Mountain top castle remember to bring good shoes as its a steep walk up to the castle.
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Gujo Hachiman, Gifu Pref.
Gujo Hachiman Castle views
donjon and wall main keep
walls and yagura gate, walls and bailey
stone walls castle town and river