Hayashiohjo Castle

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Castle Properties
English Name Hayashiohjo Castle
Japanese Name 林大城
Alternate Names Kinkazan-jo, Hayashi-jo
Founder Ogasawara Kiyomune
Year Founded 1459
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Top 100 Mountaintop Castles, Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period


Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Matsumoto Sta. (Shinonoi Line); 75 min walk.ta
Visitor Information open anytime
Time Required 150 mins
Website http://takara.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/prefecture/060.html
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 13' 31", 138° 0' 33"
Admin Visits
Year Visited 2015
Visits October 31, 2015
Added 2015
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History

It's not clear exactly when the castle was founded but it was likely in the 1440's. Early records claim that Ogasawara Nagatomo, Kiyomune's son, was born in the Hayashi Palace in 1443. Hayashiohjo Castle was the main castle of the Ogasawara clan until they were defeated by Takeda Shingen. The Ogasawara gave up in a nearly bloodless battle when they were surrounded by the Takeda forces in 1550. The castle was destroyed and abandoned.

Hayahshiohjo Castle is on a mountain ridge on the edge of the plain that stretches across modern day Matsumoto City and up the Yamabe valley extending east from Matsumoto. It has commanding views of the valley and the plain so it is easy to see why it was chosen for the Ogasawara's home castle. Hayashiohjo Castle combined with Hayashikojo Castle across the small valley to the south are often call Hayashi Castle together.

Visit Notes

There is actually a road from the northeast side up to the top of the castle, but if you're going to walk it anyway, you might as well walk the main trail up the ridge. It's much more interesting. In particular, the main route up the ridge has countless small baileys all the way up.

Japanese Notes

東北から道路によって頂上まで行けますが、尾根に沿った主要な登山道の方がずっと面白いです。数多くの小曲輪や堀切を見てどのように利用されたかを想像するのも楽しいし、眺めがいい場所もあります。

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