Takayama Castle

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History

(from Wikipedia) During the Sengoku period, Mitsugi Yoritsuna (三木自綱) moved to Takayama to take control of Hida Province and built Matsukura Castle. Yoritsuna was in alliance with Sassa Narimasa in neighboring Etchū Province and was against Toyotomi Hideyoshi. To combat Yoritsuna, Hideyoshi ordered Kanamori Nagachika (who was then the ruler of Echizen Ōno Castle) to go to battle against Yoritsuna.

Nagachika originally began his battle against Yoritsuna using another castle; however, in 1588, he began construction of Takayama Castle.[1] By 1600, the main and secondary castle keeps were completed, but it would be another three years before the third keep was completed. In addition to the construction of the castle, Nagachika also developed a castle town at the same time.

When the Kanamori clan moved to Dewa Province in 1692, they transferred control of the castle to the Maeda clan. Three years later, though, control of the castle was transferred to the Shogun.[1]

The remains of the castle are in the present-day Shiroyama Park.

Visit Notes

Short walk out of town to Shiroyama Park. Several walking tracks lead to this hilltop castle site. Nice in autumn.


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Castle Profile
English Name Takayama Castle
Japanese Name
Founder Kanamori Nagachika
Year Founded 1588
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features
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Access walking track
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Location Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 8' 18.02" N, 137° 15' 48.49" E
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