|English Name||Kaminoyama Castle|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||3 levels, 4 stories|
|Year Reconstructed||1982 (concrete)|
|Features||main keep, gates, turrets, samurai homes, stone walls, walls|
|Access||Kaminoyama Onsen Station (Oou Honsen), 15 minute walk|
|Location||Kaminoyama, Yamagata Prefecture|
|Coordinates||38° 9' 28", 140° 16' 33"|
|Year Visited||1997, 2017|
|Visits||October 1997; November 2, 2017|
Kaminoyama-jo marked the southern extent of the Mogami clan territory. It was the focal point in the power struggles between Lord Mogami and Date Masamune in that area. In 1692, the Toki clan, the current occupants, were reassigned and the castle was torn down.
I stopped by this castle on a long day trip around the Southern Tohoku area. The station is actually called Kaminoyama Onsen. I wish I had time to go to an onsen there, but it was getting dark and was going to take a couple of hours to get home.