Yamaji Castle (Omi)

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Yamajijō was the fortified residence of the Yamaji Clan. Its lords included Yamaji Heibē and Yamaji Yozaēmon. They were vassals of the Rokkaku Clan. Yamaji is a village noted historically for its port, and so it probably bordered the Iba Inland Lake at that time, or used canals for access to it and Lake Biwa beyond.

Visit Notes

A series of water ways surround Jōgenji, a temple, and residential area in an 'L' shape, and these are thought to be the remains of moats of the castle, though they were probably much wider originally. In the village of Yamaji, now contiguous with the town of Notogawa due to suburban developments, their are neighbourhood names such as Hori ('Moat'), Shiro ('Castle') and Shirobashimae ('Castle Bridge Entrance').


Castle Profile
English Name Yamaji Castle (Omi)
Japanese Name 近江山路城
Founder Yamaji Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features water moats
Visitor Information
Access Notogawa Station on the Biwako Line; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Higashi-Ōmi, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 10' 56.42" N, 136° 9' 18.76" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Oshiro Tabi Nikki
Jōkaku Tanbō
Masaki Shibata

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