Makino Castle (Mikawa)


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Makinojō was the original castle of the Makino Clan, constructed in the early 15th century by Makino Narutomi who had been relocated from Sanuki by the Kamakura-bakufu. A small clan ground between the conflicts of the Matsudiara and the Imagawa, the Makino controlled territory in the Ushikubo area of Mikawa. Makino Narutoki built a new castle, Imahashijō (now known as Yoshida Castle), in 1505, and Makinojō was abandoned.

Visit Notes

Makinojō is a flatland earthworks fortification site in the periurban Makino neighbourhood of Toyokawa Municipality. The ruins consist of a stretch, including a corner segment, of dorui (earthen ramparts), and what looks to be the remains of a bailey. Unfortunately, when I visited, the site was terribly overgrown with tall grasses and I couldn’t reach the ramparts! I only made it as far as the explanation board by the road which has some information and a map.

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  • Dorui seen from within bailey
  • Map
  • Bailey space (very overgrown)
  • Earthen ramparts from below

Castle Profile
English Name Makino Castle (Mikawa)
Japanese Name 三河牧野城
Founder Makino Narutomi
Year Founded Early 15th Century
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Kuruwa
Visitor Information
Access Toyokawa-Inari Station on the Meitetsu Toyokawa Line / Toyokawa Station (JR) on the Iida Line; 20 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7; Free; Fields
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 49' 31.26" N, 137° 24' 35.21" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Jōkaku Hōrōki
Nippon Shiro Meguri
Shiseki Yawa

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