Konomine Castle

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Castle Properties
English Name Konomine Castle
Japanese Name 髙嶺城
Alternate Names Yamaguchi-jo
Founder Oouchi Yoshinaga
Year Founded 1557
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Next 100 Castles, National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period


Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Yamaguchi Sta. (Yamaguchi line), 20 minutes walk; city bus to nearby also available
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website http://oouchibunka.jp/ouchishi/isan/ohuchi heritage/11.html
Location Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 11' 4", 131° 27' 44"
Admin Visits
Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Visits
Added 2012
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History

Yoshinaga founded this castle as part as a planned attack against the Mouri clan in 1557. He didn't actually finish the castle before he was defeated by the Mouri. Ouchi escaped as far as Katsuyama Castle near Shimonoseki, where he comitted suicide. After this, the Mouri clan completed the site and put Ichikawa Tsuneyoshi in charge. In 1559, Ouchi Teruhiro tried to reclaim the castle but failed. In 1615, the castle was decommissioned as part of the Tokugawa `one country, one castle` policy and was finally abandoned by 1638. It may have been used as a subsidiary fort of Yamaguchi Castle.

Visit Notes

The start of the trail was from the back of Yamaguchi Dai Jingu. The nearby Rekishikan history museum has some limited information on the castle and its history too. The tombs of the Mouri clan lords are also in the vicinity.



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