Ohtaki Castle (Mikawa)

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Ôtakijō is said to have been the residence of Sekiguchi Mitsuoki, lord of Ganryakujijō, constructed before 1446. If this is the case then Ôtakijō functioned as the kyokan (residential space) of Ganryakujijō before the construction of Nagasawajō. Later, Toda Masamitsu is listed as a castellan of the fort. In 1561, Ôtakijō, then a fort controlled by the Imagawa, was destroyed by Matsudaira forces. In modern times the construction of a railway and expressway have damaged any ruins.

For more information see my profile on Ganryakuji Castle.

Visit Notes

No clearly identifiable ruins remain at the site of Ôtakijō in Nagasawa Township, Toyokawa Municipality. However, there is a deep creek just east of the site, and it’s not difficult to see how this feature would’ve been used as a natural moat. Above the creek are some old terraced fields now used as bamboo groves. The earth is piled up on the northern side, but here the railroad runs, so the mounds are probably related to that rather than any fortification; it seems the rail road runs right through the centre of a small hill on which the fort once sat. There is some scant remains of masonry but its origin is unclear, and looked to me like stonewalls built by farmers for terraced fields.

  • Edge of presumed bailey site overlooking creek
  • Creek helped to protect fort

Castle Profile
English Name Ohtaki Castle (Mikawa)
Japanese Name 三河大滝城
Founder Sekiguchi Mitsuoki
Year Founded Before 1446
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Meiden-Nagasawa Station on the Meitetsu-Nagoya Line; 10 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7; Free; Fields
Time Required 20 minutes
Website https://www.his-trip.info/siseki/entry2420.html
Location Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 52' 29.78" N, 137° 16' 47.46" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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