Kanegasaki Castle was built by Taira no Michimori in the 12th century. It was the site of two battles. The first was in 1337 when the Ashikaga overtook the fortress from the Nitta family who supported Emperor Go-Daigo. Nitta Yoshisada managed to escape however, Nitta Yoshiaki (his son) and Prince Takanaga (son of Go-Daigo) killed themselves here before the castle was overtaken and destroyed. Kanegasaki Shrine (Kanegasaki-gu) was built on the castle grounds to enshrine the prince.
The other battle took place in 1570 when the Asakura Clan attacked Oda Nobunaga when he was attempting to capture Echizen Province. It is said that Oda Nobunaga would have been defeated here if Toyotomi Hideyoshi had not come to his aid.
Within the grounds of Kanegasaki Shrine is a replica of the former castle site and a paper with a little information about the site. Profile and photos contributed by Phibbyfan
|English Name||Kanegasaki Castle|
|Founder||Taira no Michimori|
|Year Founded||12th Century|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Tsuruga Sta (JR Hokuriku), bus|
|Visitor Information||Always Open/Free|
|Time Required||20 min|
|Location||Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 39' 58", 136° 4' 27"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|