Matsuo Castle (Mino)

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Matsuo Castle was used as a base by the turncoat Kobayakawa's troops at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600.

Visit Notes

Ground surface-wise...What is Gifu Prefectures’ largest Yamajiro, mountain castle site?

In fact it’s Matsuo Castle, overlooking Sekigahara and used as a base by the turncoat Kobayakawa troops in the 1600 Battle of Sekigahara. It’s a 40 plus minute climb up the mountain, made easier by recent development work. The site still retains large Horikiri, Koguchi, dorui, kuruwa, tsuchibashi, and other features. The Honmaru also has an early version Masugata Koguchi with a left, instead of the usual right hand turn! The view over the Sekigahara basin and the site of the Battlefield is absolutely fantastic!

Profile by Chris Glenn (edited by ART).

  • Dorui (Earthen Ramparts)
  • Proto-Masugata
  • Tsuchibashi (Earthen Bridge)
  • Dorui

Castle Profile
English Name Mino Matsuo Castle
Japanese Name 美濃松尾城
Alternate Names Matsuoyamajō
Year Founded
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Horikiri, koguchi, dorui, kuruwa, tsuchibashi
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Sekigahara Station on the Tokaidō Main Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 60 minutes
Location Sekigahara, Gifu Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 20' 50.24" N, 136° 27' 15.52" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor 豪谷
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