Ishida Castle (Mikawa)


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The ruins of Ishida Castle date to 1590 when it was built, or rebuilt, by Katagiri Masayoshi, a vassal of Ikeda Terumasa and the lord of Shinshiro Castle. Lord Katagiri was a serial collector of names, it seems, and was also known as Kazunaga, Toshimoto and Toshitada. He also had the middle name Han’emon.

Ishidajō was a satellite fortification of Shinshirojō located along the same river terrace due south. Katagiri Masayoshi died of illness in 1597. The surviving Katagiri Clan relocated with their master to Himeji following the Battle of Sekigahara, and Ishidajō was abandoned in 1600.

There may have been an older castle also called Ishidajō on the site or nearby, as the Katagiri inhabited the area throughout the 16th century. Additionally, Shinshirokojō, also located in Ishida, was originally called Ishidashinjō.

Visit Notes

Ishidajō is surrounded by some yashiki sites. I was going to ignore these, but, passing by one on the way to the castle proper, I saw dorui (earthen ramparts) and a narrow karabori surrounding one of the yashiki sites – now a farmstead. Another pleasant surprise. This was the fortified residence of the Wakabayashi family. That encouraged me to check another yashiki site very close to Ishidajō after visiting the castle proper. This, the Takeshita residence site, also appeared to have some ruins.

  • Karabori, Dorui

Castle Profile
English Name Ishida Castle (Mikawa)
Japanese Name 三河石田城
Founder Katagiri Masayoshi
Year Founded 1590
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Karabori, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Nodajō Station on the Iida Line; 20 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7; Free; Fields
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Shinshiro, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 53' 21.30" N, 137° 29' 17.34" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
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Friends of JCastle
Shiroato Meguri Bibōroku
Jōkaku Hōrōki
Umoreta Kojō
Shiseki Yawa
Oshiro Tabi Nikki

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