Hodarakujijō was a fortified residence dating to the Muromachi Period.
Hodarakuji Castle is named for Hodaraku Temple, which is to be found at the castle site today. A community center is also here. Unlike the larger, better preserved Ohharajō nearby, Hodarakujijō is not closed to the public, so I was able to look all around it. It is a basic square in layout, with remains of dorui (earth-piled ramparts) ringing it. If the fort formerly had a moat then it has now been filled in, and there's just grass around parts of it instead. It's possible that this moat has been excavated and refilled in modern times. The mountain name of the temple (all temples have an honourific mountain attached to them even if they're on flatland) is Beffu, the same as another castle site located nearby, of which I found even less remains. The remains of Ichibajin'yamajō are located less than 100m away, of which nearly nothing remains.
|English Name||Hodarakuji Castle|
|Year Founded||Muromachi Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Kouka Station on the Kusatsu Libe; 10 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||15 minutes|
|Location||Kōka, Shiga Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 54' 13.46" N, 136° 12' 33.91" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2019|