Katakari Castle (Tanba)
Tanba-Katakarijō is said to have been built by Yoshimi Yoshishige, the second son of Minamoto Noriyori and traditional founder of the Yoshimi Clan, in 1192, but this early date is not substantiated. The Yoshimi Clan were in control of the castle by 1579, however, when it was destroyed during Akechi Mitsuhide’s conquest of Tanba. Katakarijō consisted of two square baileys each about 45m long with a dry moat betwixt.
The site of Katakarijō is now a school, and it's hard to tell what was originally the castle's foot print as some of the grass embankments look like they were sculpted for the school rather than by medieval hands, altering the form of the hill. That said, there is an obvious segment of dorui (earthen ramparts) by the school's entrance. Very nearby is the site of ancient temple complex, a national historic site, with the remains of the foundations of temple halls, including a pagoda.
|English Name||Tanba Katakari Castle|
|Year Founded||Medieval Era|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Access: Ichijima Station on the Fukuchiyama Line; 20 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Free; 24/7; School|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 12' 55.98" N, 135° 8' 30.55" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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