Koka-Aoki Castle

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History

Aokijō was part of a localised network of forts built by the Taki Clan, which include Takikitajō, Takiminamijō, and Umegakijō. Aokijō was spead between two hillsides, the east castle and west castle, with residential areas inbetween potentially. Interestingly there is an old thatched roof house on either side of the road today, one in the west, one in the east.

Visit Notes

Aokijō was a small twin fort with a flatland portion surrounded by what looks like could've been a moat. If that's the case then likely the main residence was behind the moat and the fortified slope behind it was used as a place of retreat in times of conflict. It was getting late and I didn't have a clue about how to go about it, and so I didn't go up the mountains.


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Castle Profile
English Name Koka-Aoki Castle
Japanese Name 甲賀青木城
Founder Taki Clan
Year Founded Pre-Edo Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features
Visitor Information
Access Kouka Station on the Kusatsu Libe; 30 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required one hour
Location Kōka, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 53' 48.19" N, 136° 12' 4.72" E
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Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Contributor ART
Added to Jcastle 2019


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