Iwato Castle (Mikawa)

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History

Iwatojō was the fortified manor hall of Amano Tôsada during the 14th century. The Amano Clan ruled Iwato Township for several generations. Dōdo-toride was built on the mountainside above as a fortified redoubt to be used in times of conflict. There is a folkloric tale that the lord of the manor was killed in battle and his wife went up to the mountain to die, becoming a white dragon.


Visit Notes

Iwatojō is a fortified manor hall site in Iwato Township, Okazaki Municipality. It is the kyokan (residence) in a jōkan pairing with Dōdo-toride, a fort on the mountain above the kyokan. No ruins remain of the kyokan and it is now the site of the village's Shinmeisha shrine. The shrine has some nice stone-piled retaining walls, but these are not related to any fortification. The Dōdo castle-mount can be seen above. A modern highway runs on an viaduct over the valley.




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Castle Profile
English Name Iwato Castle (Mikawa)
Japanese Name 三河岩戸城
Founder Amano Tôsada
Year Founded 14th Century
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access I cycled from Okazaki. 'Hello Cycle' rental bicycles are available in Okazaki.
Visitor Information 24/7 free; shrine
Time Required 10 minutes
Website https://blog.goo.ne.jp/shiro-rekishimeguri/e/be422b493f4e632ef48834132fde25ea
Location Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 57' 55.76" N, 137° 14' 55.03" E
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