Gassan Toda Castle
|English Name||Gassan Toda Castle|
|Alternate Names||Gassan-jo, Toda-jo|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, Top 100 Mountaintop Castles, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period|| Pre Edo Period
|Features||trenches, stone walls|
|Access||3000 yen taxi or very infrequent bus (Yellow Bus) from Yasugi Sta.|
|Location||Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 21' 39", 133° 11' 8"|
|Visits||November 19, 2010|
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.
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.