After the death of Nobunaga, Ori Mitsuaki took the name of Wada, joined with Ieyasu and left Ori Castle. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Mitsuaki's son, Mitsuchika, was granted these same lands and returned to Ori castle. His son MIstushige died in 1623 with no heirs, so the family came to an end and the castle was abandoned. The castle ruins are comprised of the main keep foundation and several baileys around the top of the mountain. also the stone wall remains of the Otemon (main gate) and the stone walls of the lord's palace around the base of the mountain.
You can also take the reverse bus from Akechi getting off at Yamanoda. You could easily do this as a pair with Iwamura Castle or Akechi Castle making use of the Akechi Line bus. There was an incredible number of signs cautioning beware of snakes, but I didn't see any.
This was one of the most delightfully surprising and interesting castles I've been to in a long time. Maybe since Takatori Castle. Of course there were better overall castles, even on this trip, but Ori Castle so exceeded my expectations it was the highlight of this trip. There are well developed stone walls both around the base of the mountain where the lord's palace was located as well as at the top around the Ninokuruwa and Honmaru Baileys. The top of the mountain is especially interesting because you can really see that it was abandoned in the middle of redevelopment. There are large boulders, partially cut stones, and stones marked for splitting scattered all over the top. I've been to several castle stone quarries and the scene around the Honmaru is just like those abandoned quarries. It's also interesting to note that some of the drill holes, or ya'ana, on these stones are really large. My iPhone can fit lengthwise into them. Such holes are usually smaller and more closely spaced in the Edo Period whereas they were larger and more uneven in the Sengoku Period. This normally indicates the stones were split during an older time period so you would think they are left from the 1574 fortification, but <a href="http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/4883254100/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=247&creative=7399&creativeASIN=4883254100&linkCode=as2&tag=jcastle02-22">my book (岐阜の山城ベスト５０を歩く)</a> claims otherwise.
これだけ意外に面白かった城は久しぶりです。多分高取城以来でしょう。もちろん今回の旅行でも全体的にもっとすばらしいお城もありましたが、今回の城巡りで期待以上に面白かった小里城がハイライトでした。山麓の御殿場跡の石垣も充実しているし、山の上の本丸と二の曲輪も石垣が多く残っています。山頂が特に面白いのはまるで石丁場と同じような光景です。たくさんの石が加工の最中に散乱しています。ここで見える矢穴も江戸時代のものよりも大きく間が広く開いています。これはもっと古い時代のものを表すことがあるので1574の普請だと思われるかもしれませんが、<a href="http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/4883254100/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=247&creative=7399&creativeASIN=4883254100&linkCode=as2&tag=jcastle02-22"> 「岐阜の山城ベスト５０を歩く」によるとそうでもないそうです。</a>
|English Name||Ori Castle|
|Alternate Names||Orishiro Yamajiro|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Features||trenches, stone walls|
|Access||Mizunami Sta. (Chuo Line), Bus (Akechi Line) for Akechi, get off at Yamanoda stop, walk 10 mins.|
|Visitor Information||Hiking trails open anytime.|
|Time Required||90 mins|
|Location||Mizunami, Gifu Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 20' 4.20" N, 137° 16' 58.84" E|
|Visits||May 3, 2014|
|Added to Jcastle||2014|