Tanba Kameyama Castle
Akechi Mitsuhide built Kameyama Castle for his attacks on the Tanba area. In 1609, Tokugawa Ieyasu greatly renovated the castle for his attacks on Osaka Castle. Todo Takatora the greatest castle architect of his day directed the renovations and built Japan's first sotogata style main keep. The castle lasted until the Meiji Period when it was officially decommissioned. The real name of the castle is Kameyama Castle, but it is unofficially called Tanba Kameyama Castle to differentiate it from other castles called Kameyama Castle. Tanba is the old name of this area.
The castle walls were reconstructed by the Oomoto Shinto Sect who claim the grounds as sacred territory. I'm not sure if there are open hours or not, but I was suggested by another castle fan to ask permission at the Miroku Kaikan (みろく会館) before exploring. When I did, they didn't seem to care if I walked around and gave me a nicely printed brochure with instructions of where to go and not to go.
|English Name||Tanba Kameyama Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Features||water moats, stone walls|
|Access||Kameoka Sta (Sagano Line); 10 min walk|
|Visitor Information||Private property, see notes below for details|
|Time Required||60 mins|
|Coordinates||35° 0' 48.46" N, 135° 34' 53.94" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2010|
|Admin Year Visited||2016, 2022|
|Admin Visits||December 28, 2016; October 5, 2022|