Kaminogou Castle

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Kaminogo Jo in Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture has an interesting history, as it is the site of a successful ninja operation! The story goes that in 1562, some family members (possibly a daughter?) of Ieyasu were being held hostage in the Imagawa held Kaminogo and Hattori Hanzō and about six ninja rescued them. One evening, dressed in samurai garb, they approached the castle gates carrying an andon lantern with the castle lords’ crest on it. The guards recognized the crest and opened the gates without question allowing the small ninja group to penetrate the fortress before splitting up and starting fires in various areas. In the panic that ensued, they managed to rescue the hostages and easily escape alongside the panicked castle inhabitants.

Visit Notes

Kaminogōjō is quite well maintained. Not a bad site to visit.

Profile by Chris Glenn (edited by ART).


Castle Profile
English Name Mikawa Kaminogou Castle
Japanese Name 三河上ノ郷町城
Founder Udono Clan
Year Founded Before 1562
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Kuruwa, Hori, Wells
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Gamagōri Station on the Tōkaidō Line; 30 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required
Location Gamagōri, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 50' 31.99" N, 137° 13' 30.58" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor 豪谷
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Jōkaku Hōrōki

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9 months ago
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There's a fantastic model of this castle held at the local public meeting hall. I'll share some pictures to the gallery at some point.