Katakari Castle (Tanba)

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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.

Visit Notes

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.

  • Dorui
  • nearby temple ruin and designated historic site

Castle Profile
English Name Katakari Castle (Tanba)
Japanese Name 丹波鹿集城
Founder Yoshimi Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Visitor Information
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
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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