Yamori Castle (Omi)
Yamorijō was the compound of the Sugitatsu Clan in the middle 16th century. Sugitatsu Takamasa and his son, Sugitatsu Takahide, served the Sakaki-Rokaku Clan, inhabiting Yamorijō in 1551. When Nagamasa Azai pushed into the area in 1560, he attacked Yamorijō, forcing Sugitatsu senior and junior to flee to Hiraijō under the protection of Hirai Sadatake. Yamorijō was destroyed in the attack. Azai forces then advanced upon Hiraijō (Hirai Castle (Shiga)).
This castle site was featured at the museum of Kongōrinji so we came to check it out. Documents pertaining to the fort were kept at the temple. The ruins consist of dorui (earthen ramparts) and karabori (dry moats). Interestingly there are two sets of these, indicating that the castle complex was made up of two compounds. A small river, the Yasutsubo River, runs between them, but the course of the river has been altered since the time of the castle. The compounds encompass an area of about 200m². The site is now a temple and private residences. One house boasts a very old gate. The small gate featured prominently in displays and literature about the castle at the temple but I wasn't able to determine when it was built. It is supported by concrete brackets and seems ready to collapse.
|English Name||Yamori Castle|
|Year Founded||Middle 16th Century|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Karabori, Dorui, Gate|
|Access||Echigawa Station on the Ōmi Rail Kotō-Ōmi Line; 5 minute drive or 15 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Private Property|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Aishou, Shiga Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 10' 22.98" N, 136° 13' 28.85" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|