Mamyoda Fort

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Mamyōda-toride, also called Shimazakijō, was a fort built by the Fujimaki Clan. It was a large fortified space which enclosed a small village. A residence of the Fujimaki Clan was located just north of the fort. Following the fall of the Takeda Clan, the Tokugawa and Hōjō competed to absorb Kai Province. The Fujimaki Clan sided with the Hōjō who had constructed the Wakamiko Castle complex nearby, and Mamyōda-toride was used a frontline fort against the advancing Tokugawa forces. In the Battle of Mamyōda, Mamyōda-toride was attacked by Tokugawa forces and fell. Shortly after, the Tokugawa and Hōjō agreed to a peace, and Mamyōda-toride was abandoned.

Visit Notes

The history of this fort site, Mamyōda-toride, is fairly well known but scant ruins remain. This elevated area with an old olive holly (false holly) in the corner, a natural monument (the largest of its species in Yamanashi), is the remnants of the fort, and it is now a cemetery. Most of the fort ruins, which encompassed moats and ramparts, has been cleared away and a large highway now ploughs through the site (one castle blogger points an accusatory finger at the Japan Highway Public Corporation as a major destroyer of castle ruins in Yamanashi, saying the Chūō expressway alone has destroyed ten such sites). We can get some idea of the defensive position from visiting the cemetery, and there is some nice old ishigaki (stone wall) here, though it is not from the time of the fort.


Castle Profile
English Name Mamyouda Fort
Japanese Name 大豆生田砦
Alternate Names Shimazakijō
Founder Fujimaki Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Anayama Station on the Chūō Line; 35 minute walk; or, exit the Chūō Expressway at Sudama IC and turn left
Visitor Information 24/7 free; park
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 46' 11.28" N, 138° 25' 33.28" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Oshiro Tabi Nikki
Kojō Seisuiki

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