Takenoya Castle (Mikawa)

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Takenoyajō was constructed in 1548 by Matsudaira Takenoya after he purchased the land from Makiyama Kisaburō for 700 kan (equivalent to 7,000 koku, or 700,000 monme (small silver coins)?). The Takenoya-Matsudaira supported Tokugawa Ieyasu during the nearby siege of Kaminogōjō. Takenoyajō was abandoned in 1590 following the relocation of Tokugawa Ieyasu to Edo.

Visit Notes

Takenoyajō is a hilltop fortification site in the Takenoya neighbourhood of urban Gamagôri Municipality. The small hilltop is now used as a citrus orchard. There is some earth banked up to the rear of the orchard which looks like it could've been the dorui (earthen ramparts) of the fort. A stele with the castle's name is found in a dense bamboo grove with a path cutting through it to the rear of the orchard.

Some maps depict what look like they could be the remains of a dry moat and another bailey to the south, but I could not penetrate through the chaotic bamboo patch to approach the area.

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Castle Profile
English Name Takenoya Castle (Mikawa)
Japanese Name 三河竹谷城
Founder Matsudaira Takenoya
Year Founded 1548
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Karabori, &c.
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Mikawa-Shiotsu Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line or Gamagôrikyōteijōmae Station on the Meitetsu-Gamagôri Line; 12 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Gamagôri, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 49' 49.01" N, 137° 12' 28.58" E
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Added to Jcastle 2024
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Jōkaku Hōrōki
Umoreta Kojō
Jōkaku Shashin Kiroku
Aichi Shiro

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