A reference to a castle at Magome is found in the Kōyō Gunkan where it is mentioned as one of the fortifications lost by Takeda Katsuyori to Oda Nobunaga in 1574. In 1582 after the fall of the Takeda Clan, Magomejō came under the control of Kiso Yoshimasa. In 1584 the Kiso sided with Toyotomi Hideyoshi against Tokugawa Ieyasu. Shimazaki Shigemichi, a Kiso vassal, defended Magomejō, but after seeing that a coalition of Tokugawan forces was moving on his position, he fled to nearby Tsumagojō which was being defended by Yamamura Katsuyoshi and 300 of his men. Magomejō was captured as a result and the castle may have been abandoned as early as that time.
A small hill choked by bamboo and surrounded by fields is all that remains of Magomejō.
|Local Historic Site
|Pre Edo Period
|Five minute walk from Magome-juku parking area
|Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture
|35° 31' 18.48" N, 137° 33' 42.16" E
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