Kanbe Castle

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A fort was first built at this site in the 12th century by the Kanbe Clan, vassals of the Seki Clan who were based at Kameyamajō. In 1568 Oda Nobunaga invaded northern Ise Province and defeated the local powers. The Seki surrendered and were forced to abide by Nobunaga’s terms: they would adopt his third son, Nobutaka, meaning that he would inherit the territory of his father’s defeated rivals. Nobutaka’s headquarters were Kanbejō. He modernised and expanded the castle with ishigaki and built a five-tier tenshukaku (donjon). After the death of Oda Nobunaga Kanbejō was involved in fighting between Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Oda Nobukatsu. Kanbejō was used during the Edo Period but was demolished at the beginning of the Meiji Period. A gate and small turret survived, however, but they are now located off site.

Visit Notes

Kanbejō is a plains castle with a tenshukakudai (platform for main keep), dorui (earthen ramparts) and mizubori (water moat) remaining. The site is now a pleasant park and the honmaru (main bailey) is cleared. The rocks used in the castle’s ishigaki (stone ramparts) have a primitive, natural quality to them, being roughly hewn in the Sengoku Period.

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Castle Profile
English Name Kanbe Castle
Japanese Name 神戸城
Alternate Names Honda-jo
Founder Kanbe Clan
Year Founded 12th century
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features bridges, water moats, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Suzuka Station (Ise Line); 20 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Suzuka, Mie Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 52' 43.72" N, 136° 34' 38.42" E
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Added to Jcastle 2017
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