Kokuryou Castle (Tanba)

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Tanba-Kokuryōjō is thought to have been constructed at some point by Akai Yukie in the Sengoku Period. Akai Yukie was the younger brother of Akai Naomasa, lord of Kuroi Castle , and so Kokuryōjō is thought to have been a satellite fortification of Kuroijō. Kokuryōjō linked Kuroijō with another yamajiro (mountaintop castle) across the valley, called Miojō, which was another Akai-controlled castle. Kokuryōjō is a clifftop castle, a sub-type of hirayamajiro, part flatland and part elevated castle. In the south, on level ground, embankments were erected, and a moat was dug around them. The dorui (earthen ramparts) remain, but as for moats only a climbing moat can be seen now, descending to the fields below the terrace. Kokuryōjō is thought to have been destroyed in 1579 during Akechi Mitsuhide’s conquest of Tanba. The castle, which served as a fortified residence, is now the site of a temple which shelters behind the old ramparts.

Visit Notes

Kokuryōjō, now a temple, retains some tall, thick dorui. There is modern ishigaki but that is for the temple, though the effect is complimentary. I had a decent look around here, and even followed a trench down the side of the hill. One can see that this is a clifftop castle which overlooked a fertile plain. These "Gakejiro" are technically hirayamajiro because one portion is built like a hirajiro (flatland castle), and the rest, the cliff-facing side, is built like a yamajiro (mountain castle).

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Castle Profile
English Name Tanba Kokuryou Castle
Japanese Name 丹波国領城
Founder Akai Yukie
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Tatebori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Kuroi Station on the Fukuchiyama Line; 55 minute walk
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Temple
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 8' 44.41" N, 135° 7' 50.16" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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