Yamazaki Castle

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After the Honnōji Incident Toyotomi Hideyoshi returned back from campaign against the Mōri clan to Kyōto to avenge Oda Nobunaga by defeating Akechi Mitsuhide. Mitsuhide’s forces were defeated at the Battle of Yamazaki. During the battle the Left Vanguard of Hideyoshi’s forces encamped atop Mt. Yamazaki, founding the castle (Mt. Yamazaki is also known as Mt. Tennō). After the Right Wing of Hideyoshi’s forces crossed the river to engage with Mitsuhide’s army head-on, the rest of his forces came in to support them from Yamazaki Castle, causing Mitsuhide’s to panic and retreat to Shōryūji Castle. The Battle of Yamazaki (also called the Battle of Tennōzan) is considered “the start of the end of the Sengoku Period.” Hoshakuji Temple, which one passes through to reach the castle site, acted as the entrance to Yamazaki Castle. Yamazaki Castle was decommissioned in 1584.

Visit Notes

A short trip from Kyōto, Ōyamazaki is a very pretty little town packed full of tradition and history, famous for oil production. The castle ruin is an ideal destination for hiking fans if they visit here. Ascending the mountain one passes by many murals erected by the municipality showing the history of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the Battle of Yamazaki.


Castle Profile
English Name Yamazaki Castle
Japanese Name 山崎城
Founder Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Year Founded 1582
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Top 100 Mountaintop Castles, National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Ōyamazaki Station (Hankyū Line) or Yamazaki Station (Tōkaidō Main Line), head to the temple Hoshakuji, which takes 5-10 minutes walking. From there the hiking route to the castle starts and it takes about 30 minutes to climb
Visitor Information free, 24/7
Time Required 50 minutes
Location Ōyamazaki, Kyoto
Coordinates 34° 54' 5.90" N, 135° 40' 33.56" E
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