Gujo Hachiman Castle
|English Name||Gujo Hachiman Castle|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles, Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||4 levels, 5 stories|
|Year Reconstructed||1933 (wood)|
|Features||main keep, gates, turrets, stone walls, walls|
|Access||Gujo Hachiman Station, Nagaragawa Line|
|Location||Gujo Hachiman, Gifu Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 45' 11", 136° 57' 41"|
|Visits||February 22, 2004|
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.
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.