Kadone Castle (Omi)
Kadonejō was built by Hori Jirōzaemon in 1472 at the time the Hori Clan was attacked by Imai Hidetô. In the Asai Sandaiki it is related that Hori Yorisada defended Kadonejō with the Higuchi Clan of nearby Higuchijō (Higuchi Castle (Shiga)) in 1518. Hori Yorisada’s son was Hori Motozumi, and his son was Hori Hidemura. There is a theory that the castle was used as a barrier or checkpoint along an important road.
The site of Kadonejō is now that of a shrine to Hachiman atop of a hill. There is also a berm on the opposite hill immediately south and this may also be part of the castle but no one is sure. I visited the shrine. It seems the embankments on the hill there were piled for clearing space for the shrine, and the same can be said of terracing of the hill side, and so I cannot positively identify any castle ruins here. The exact structure of Kadonejō remains unclear.
|English Name||Kadone Castle|
|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' 16.46" N, 136° 19' 26.98" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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