Shingushi Castle (Koka)




It is not known who built this castle but it was possibly one of the Hattori families in the area. It is paired with Shingu Castle so please refer to that page for more details.

The main Bailey is approximately 18m x 30m and has the highest embankment of any of the Koka Castles at 10m on the inside in the southwest corner. This highest side also has a small terrace or shelf looking bailey in the middle. The same structure can also be seen at nearby Mochizuki Castle and may have been for a small shrine. The embankments of the main bailey actually start smaller towards the entrance and increase in height going towards the back, following the natural increase in elevation.

Visit Notes

Shingu Castle is one of the largest and best of the Koka Castles and was designated "National Historic Sites of the Kokagunchuso" in 2008.

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Castle Profile
English Name Shingushi Castle (Koka)
Japanese Name 新宮支城
Founder Hattori? / unknown
Year Founded Muromachi Period (1336-1573)
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Konan Sta. (JR Kusatsu Line); 35 min walk
Visitor Information park, open any time
Time Required 60 mins
Location Koka, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 55' 3.07" N, 136° 9' 44.64" E
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Collections Koka Castles
Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2022
Admin Visits February 11, 2022
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