Shoryuji Castle

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In 1339, Shoryuji Castle was built by Hosokawa Yoriharu, a leading retainer of Ashikaga Takauji, the first shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate. The castle is located a strategic point to help defend Kyoto, the capital at the time, from incursions from the West. During the Onin Wars, the Iwanari Tomomichi was lord of the castle for the western alliance. After Nobunaga conquered the region he stationed Hosokawa Fujitaka here. Fujitaka fortified the castle and built a double moat around it. The castle was also used as a base by Akechi Mitsuhide in the Battle of Yamazaki after the death of Nobunaga in 1582. Parts of the castle were cannibalized for use in Yodo Castle and it was left in a poor state. Nagai Naokiyo became lord of the castle in 1633 and attempted to reconstruct it, but the castle was decommissioned when he was moved to Settsu province in 1649.

Visit Notes

Much of the Honmaru and Numatamaru are preserved in close to their original state. The reconstructed walls give you some sense of what it was like but the community center on the grounds that is meant to look like a castle structure actually makes the reconstruction of the castle look a little bit more grand than it likely was. Close to the station, this castle is worth stopping at if you are in the area.

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  • South Gate
  • Honmaru moat and walls
  • Koraimon of the South Gate
  • Numata Bailey
  • well in the Numata Bailey
  • Embankment between the Numata and Honmaru baileys
  • Honmaru moat
  • Honmaru moat and walls
  • Honmaru moat and walls
  • Honmaru
  • Honmaru and mock yagura
  • North walls of the honmaru
  • North Entrance
  • North Gate
  • Clay walls
  • Honmaru bailey
  • Yagura foundation
  • Yagura foundation
  • Honmaru moat
  • Map

Castle Profile
English Name Shoryuji Castle
Japanese Name 勝竜寺城
Founder Hosokawa Yoriharu
Year Founded 1339
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features water moats, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access JR Nagaokakyo Sta. (Tokaido Line), 10 min walk
Visitor Information Open 9am-6pm April to October, and 9am-5pm November to March. Free admission.
Time Required 20 mins
Location Nagaokakyo, Kyoto
Coordinates 34° 55' 5.63" N, 135° 42' 2.77" E
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Added to Jcastle 2008
Admin Year Visited 2016
Admin Visits December 25, 2016
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Malcolm Fairman Photography - Shoryuji Castle

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101 months ago
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There is also a nearby park made up of the castle's dorui. I went to the temple of the same name down the road but there appears to be little significant relation. I even asked a lady there whom i had saw also saw touring the castle and she was none the wiser. The town also has a koftn site they're working on restoring to its former glory. The castle itself is atypical, interesting. The main bailey is now a pleasant garden.


159 months ago
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Stopped by on the way back from another trip. Didn't get to enter the visitor's center but enjoyed walking around and taking pictures of the exterior.


159 months ago
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Nice castle and park. By the time I got there the visitor's center was closed so walked around outside and took some pictures. Got off the train on the way back from Ohmi Hachiman and Fushimi and would consider it worth a visit. May head back up to check out the museum and a few more sites in the area.


167 months ago
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Today i went to this castle. It's a nice little parc actually and there is a little exhibition on the second floor of the only building. These are objects found during the excavation works. I give it 2 stars because outside the castle they have put a panel, in english, explaining the importance of the city during the ages and a little history of the castle.