Hōjiin was established in 1458 by Ômori Ujiyori, the Lord of Odawarajō. It was the seat of government of the Ômori Clan during this time, and the fortress was later used as a forward base to attack Fukazawajō in 1570. The fortified residence which takes its name from the temple is also thought to have belonged to the Kutsuma Clan in the Sengoku period; the castellan was Kutsuma Chikafusa. It's possible that the fort also became a satellite fortification of Fukazawajō, which from 1570 was alligned with the Takeda of Kai, before being destroyed along with that castle and Daiun'in-doi in 1582. The fort was rectangular in layout and measured 250m east-west and 150m north-south.
Hōjiin-doi is a fort site of which dorui (earthen ramparts) remain, mostly surrounding the temple of Hōjiin for which the site is named. The dorui is somewhat hidden by trees and plants but can be discerned running for some length beside the temple architecture. Beside the temple gate the embankments are thick, and this is likely a corner segment of dorui which perhaps hosted a turret or small tower of some kind. The obscure term 'doi' conjures up an image of piled earth surrounding a residence, or that of medieval defensive earthworks. There are several of these 'doi' throughout the area.
Even though I thought this site, on the edge of the settlement of Gotemba, was quite obscure, it has several ratings and reviews on Google Maps... ^^". One commentor says that there is a relocated gate (from where?). To me though the temple's main gate doesn't seem so aged, and so I think that 'local guide' may be confusing it for the nearby Daiun'in-doi which has a relocated gate - it is said - from Fukazawajō. The only architecture here is for the temple, though it does include a large main hall and belfry. The fort probably had a residence hall and maybe even a bell tower, but they probably looked quite different from what is on site now.
|English Name||Houjiin Doi|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Gotemba Station on the Gotemba Line; 24 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; temple|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Website||http://www.shizuhan.jp/Historic sites/gotennbashi/post 119.html|
|Location||Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 18' 45.72" N, 138° 56' 42.65" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Friends of JCastle|
|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|