Imamura Castle (Omi)


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Imamurajō was the fortified residence of Kamibayashi Tōkurō, a vassal of the Rokkaku Clan. It was constructed in 1568. In the village of Ima there used to be an elevated area which was the centre of the Kamibayashi Clan compound, but now no ruins remain, and the site is now fields. Place names like 'Oyashiki' are retained in the vicinity.

Visit Notes

Ima Village is a lovely little place with waterways in front of and behind houses. These many channels prevent floods and fires. Unfortunately the fortified residence known as Imamurajō is long gone, and it has now been ploughed over. I have been unable to determine whether the castle also made use of these waterways, but considering other castles in the area did, like Ibajō (Iba Castle) and Kakimijō (Kakimi Castle (Shiga)), it's likely that it did.


Castle Profile
English Name Imamura Castle (Omi)
Japanese Name 近江今村城
Founder Kamibayashi Tōkurō
Year Founded 1568
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features water moats
Visitor Information
Access Notogawa Sation on the Biwako Line; 20 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Higashi-Ōmi, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 11' 16.76" N, 136° 10' 33.85" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
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Jōkaku Tanbō
Masaki Shibata

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