Magome Castle




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.

Visit Notes

A small hill choked by bamboo and surrounded by fields is all that remains of Magomejō.


Castle Profile
English Name Magome Castle
Japanese Name 馬籠城
Alternate Names 馬籠砦
Founder Unknown
Year Founded Unknown
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Five minute walk from Magome-juku parking area
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 31' 18.48" N, 137° 33' 42.16" E
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Added to Jcastle 2019
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