Noda Castle (Hekikai)




Nodajō is thought to have been a satellite fortification of Hajōdojō, located to the east, and a fortified residence of the Inagaki Clan who ruled that neighbouring castle. There is also speculation that it was a residence of the Sakakibara Clan who were priests at the Noda-Hachimangū 200m to the southeast ('Sakakibara' sounds like a suitable name for Shintō priests!). Nodajō consisted of two baileys: the nishiyashiki (western residence) and kitayashiki (northern residence). Nodajō was likely abandoned along with Hanjōdojō when the lord of that castle was killed in combat in 1530. For more information see Hajoudo Castle.

Visit Notes

Nodajō is a minor castle ruin in Noda Township, Kariya Municipality. The site of the fort is now that of a temple, Shōfukuji. Ruins include earthworks. A moat remnant and dorui (earthen ramparts) can be found in a bamboo grove to the west of the temple.

Note: This site is Hekikai-Nodajō in historic Hekikai County, not to be confused with Shitara-Nodajō in historic Shitara County where Takeda Shingen died. Both sites are in historic Mikawa Province.


Castle Profile
English Name Noda Castle (Hekikai)
Japanese Name 碧海野田城
Founder Inagaki Clan
Year Founded Before 1530
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Hori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Nodashinmachi Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line; 8 minute walk to Shōfukuji
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Kariya, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 58' 52.97" N, 137° 1' 29.24" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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