Matsukura Castle

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Visit Notes

They just built castles that were most effective for them at the time given the resources at hand and the purpose of the castle being built. No one said “let’s build X type castle here”. For the sengoku builders, they had smaller territories and had to work with what was at hand, the best most suitable high ground more often than not. Early Sengoku castle battles were more about who could outlast the other longer. Build a castle that’s difficult to attack and wait out the siege, which will last until planting or harvesting season begins and all the attacking warriors trickle back to their farms. The “castle” was just a place you fled to in times of siege, thus higher ground, and not a year round base of operations. It was Nobunaga-Hideyoshi who started changing this by employing a larger professional warrior class that could attack a castle in the off season or through the seasons. As territories grew and warring became year round, more practical bases on smaller mountains or somewhat down the mountains were more frequently used. These are easier to attack than higher mountains so we build up the fortifications, stonework, bigger walls/gates, and so forth. Again, we’re talking about a spectrum of castle types and the needs and area also dictate the type of castle.

If you look at Nobunaga’s main bases they go from Kiyosu (very flat) -> Komaki (small mountain) -> Gifu (huge mountain) -> Azuchi (medium mountain). Then if you look to the Late Hojo, whose base is at Odawara, Odawara Castle itself is fairly flat with the tenshu sitting on a small hillock. Good place for living and administering, but the entire border of their lands is a string of high mountaintop castles that form a defensive perimeter.


Castle Profile
English Name Matsukura Castle
Japanese Name 松倉城
Year Founded
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
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Location , Gifu Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 7' 34.21" N, 137° 14' 2.29" E
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16 months ago
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Matsukurajō (Takayama) 松倉城 [高山] Matsukurajō is a mountaintop castle in old Hida Province, located in the mountains surrounding Takayama. There are several castles in the area but Matsukurajō has the most ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts) remaining. It is an interesting site to visit for castle fans who like ishigaki I think. The honmaru (main bailey) and an adjacent area which contained a yagura (turret) is stone-clad, although only one corner of the honmaru retains its full height, the other corner segments having been degraded with time, often with their stone blocks still scattered below where they collapsed, now overgrown like neglected graves. The ninomaru (second bailey) is by now denuded of its stone ramparts but nonetheless its contours are readily appreciated from the yaguradai and honmaru. We climbed up from the sannomaru (third bailey). There is parking just below there. The short trail starts with a warning about bears and an empty bucket with kosh attached. You whack it to make a lot of noise so as to forewarn any bears which may be around of your presence. Bears really hate it when you sneak up on them, as they are a secretive bunch. I took to this saftey precaution with the enthusiasm of a child permitted to break rules, hammering on the bucket loudly and shouting - we didn't have bear bells. Matsukurajō is also accessed via a trail starting from the Hida no Sato outdoor folkhome museum. The lower extremities of Matsukurajō extend into that park, as I found deformed dorui (earth-piled ramparts) there. The castle mount looms over the relocated farmhouses. History:

Matsukurajō was built in 1579 by Anekōji Yoritsuna, formerly known as Mitsuki Yoritsuna or Miki Yoritsuna, after he moved from Sakuraborajō. Yoritsuna supported Sassa Narimasa in opposition to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, prompting the invastion of his territory. Matsukurajō was conquered by Kanamori Nagachika in 1585. In 1588 Nagachika built Takayamajō on the opposite side of the valley and Matsukurajō was abandoned.


16 months ago
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Edit: gave this profile a history.


16 months ago
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Thanks! I'll edit this notes later too. not sure when or by whom those were added. It's a transfer from the old site.