Aoki Castle (Sakata)
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'.
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.
|English Name||Aoki Castle|
|Year Founded||Medieval Era|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|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|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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