Taguchi Castle (Mikawa)

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Taguchijō was constructed in the 14th century, most likely by the Nakane Clan, and it is thought to have been a branch castle of Hakoyanagijō. In 1415 the lord of the castle was Nakane Shichikurō. He placed the Nakane Clan under the Matsudaira Clan, serving Matsudaira Chikauji as a vassal. In 1468, Matsudaira Nobumitsu had his eighth son, Nomura Tomomitsu, enter Taguchijō. Tomomitsu founded the Taguchi-Nomura Clan.

Visit Notes

Taguchijō is a fortified residence site in Taguchi Township. The locality is now called Oyashiki, presumably after Taguchijō. The main area of the fort site is a wooded hillock where there is now a private residence. Access is limited due to it being private property, but viewed from the outside we can see that the old residence is still surrounded by dorui (earthen embankments), at least in part. The dorui can be seen from the north and west. The rice paddies below were likely once moats.

At the bottom of terraced fields beneath the site I found a depression which looked somewhat like a dropping moat, though it was hard to tell with all of the grass, and it could've also have been just a creek which 'land improvement' blocked and caused to dry up. Some bloggers have shown pictures of embankments which look like dorui, but those on the lower terraces might just be the result of farmers shoring up rice paddies. One such rice paddy has been abandoned within the last decade, and is now weed-infested. Here I found a snake quite big for the usual brown variety.


Castle Profile
English Name Taguchi Castle (Mikawa)
Japanese Name 三河田口城
Alternate Names 田口御屋敷
Founder Nakane Shichikurō
Year Founded 1415
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Nearest station is Higashi-Okazaki Station on the Meitetsu-Nagoya Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 15 minutes
Website https://yachou-kojou.seesaa.net/article/202209article 1.html
Location Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 58' 12.36" N, 137° 13' 29.21" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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