Tokoji Castle




The history of this castle site is mostly unknown. From excavations it was obviously a minor castle or fortified manor. In one record about the Rusu, there is mention of a fortified manor near or at the base of Iwakiri. It could have been this site. The temple was founded in 1540, so the fortification was likely abandoned before that time.

Visit Notes

Most of the castle remains have been turned unto graveyards but if you go through the woods behind the temple you can find 2 horikiri trenches. There are no signs or markings so you have to make a good guess and look around. It was my third and last try of randomly going into the woods before I found the first trench.

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  • Previous trench seen from above
  • Tokoji Temple
  • Tokoji Temple

Castle Profile
English Name Tokoji Castle
Japanese Name 東光寺城
Alternate Names Iwakiri Amarume Yakata
Founder Amarume
Year Founded 13th C (?)
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Iwakiri Station (Tohoku line); 20 min walk
Visitor Information Temple grounds, open anytime but be respectful
Time Required 20 mins
Location Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
Coordinates 38° 18' 24.95" N, 140° 56' 35.34" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2020
Admin Visits November 1, 2020
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