Mamyōda-toride, also called Shimazakijō, was a fort built by the Fujimaki Clan. It was a large fortified space which enclosed a small village. A residence of the Fujimaki Clan was located just north of the fort. Following the fall of the Takeda Clan, the Tokugawa and Hōjō competed to absorb Kai Province. The Fujimaki Clan sided with the Hōjō who had constructed the Wakamiko Castle complex nearby, and Mamyōda-toride was used a frontline fort against the advancing Tokugawa forces. In the Battle of Mamyōda, Mamyōda-toride was attacked by Tokugawa forces and fell. Shortly after, the Tokugawa and Hōjō agreed to a peace, and Mamyōda-toride was abandoned.
The history of this fort site, Mamyōda-toride, is fairly well known but scant ruins remain. This elevated area with an old olive holly (false holly) in the corner, a natural monument (the largest of its species in Yamanashi), is the remnants of the fort, and it is now a cemetery. Most of the fort ruins, which encompassed moats and ramparts, has been cleared away and a large highway now ploughs through the site (one castle blogger points an accusatory finger at the Japan Highway Public Corporation as a major destroyer of castle ruins in Yamanashi, saying the Chūō expressway alone has destroyed ten such sites). We can get some idea of the defensive position from visiting the cemetery, and there is some nice old ishigaki (stone wall) here, though it is not from the time of the fort.
|Pre Edo Period
|Anayama Station on the Chūō Line; 35 minute walk; or, exit the Chūō Expressway at Sudama IC and turn left
|24/7 free; park
|Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture
|35° 46' 11.28" N, 138° 25' 33.28" E
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|Oshiro Tabi Nikki