Gassan Toda Castle




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.

Visit 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.

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Castle Profile
English Name Gassan Toda Castle
Japanese Name 月山富田城
Alternate Names Gassan-jo, Toda-jo
Founder unknown
Year Founded 1600
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Top 100 Castles, Top 100 Mountaintop Castles, National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access 3000 yen taxi or very infrequent bus (Yellow Bus) from Yasugi Sta.
Visitor Information
Time Required
Location Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 21' 39", 133° 11' 8"
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Year Visited 2010
Visits November 19, 2010
Added to Jcastle 2011

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