Aoki Castle (Sakata)


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The castle of the Aoki Clan was located on a small ridge above Zenshōji temple, and to the south of here they had their residential hall. The clan is not well known but is thought to have come from Kantō originally. The Aoki Clan were vassals of the Asai Clan. In the Sasaki Nanboku Tsumeshichō (佐々木南北詰士帳) the Aoki manor is referenced; the Aoki reside in Notose under clan leader Aoki 'Chikugo-mori'.

Visit Notes

This fortified manor hall of the Aoki Clan is now the site of the Yamatsuteru Shrine, Aoki Shrine, and the temple Zenshōji. Fortifications exist on the ridge of this temple. There is also a fairly sizable kofun (ancient burial mound) here of the keyhole variety, or zenpōkoenfun form. I covered a fair bit of ground here, much of which is unlevel terrain, but unearthed nothing definitive unfortunately. A plaque attests to the history of the site.

  • Yamatsuteru Shrine

Castle Profile
English Name Aoki Castle (Omi)
Japanese Name 近江坂田青木城
Alternate Names 青木館・青木屋敷
Founder Aoki Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Nearest station is Maibara Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; shrine
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Maibara, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 19' 47.06" N, 136° 19' 18.44" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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Jōkaku Tanbō

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16 months ago
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Sakata here refers to the historic district to distinguish it from Aoki Caste in Koka / Koga.