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Iwamura Castle

Iwamura Castle
(Mino Province/Gifu Prefecture)

Kagekado Kato, Yoritomo Minamotono's vassal, was appointed Iwamura castle's ruler and to begin construction of it. There are different stories about the construction year, but the dates have been narrowed down to 1185-1195 (the 1st year of Bunji to the 6th year of Kenkyu era). Kagekado's descendants named themselves the Tohyama clan, and after that, occupied eastern Mino until the end of Muromachi/the Sengoku period.
During the age of Kagetou Tohyama, he married Otsuyanokata, Nobunaga Oda's aunt, and adopted Nobunaga's son as his own, becoming Nobunaga's subordinate. In the 3rd year of Genki era (1572) Kagetou died, and Otsuyanokata acted as the ruler of the castle as her son Katsunaga was too young. This is the famous tale of the "Female Ruler".
However, the pressure of Shingen Takeda from the Shinano area gradually became too strong, and Otsuyanokata married Nobutomo Akiyama, the commander of the Mino invasion force and a subordinate of Shingen. Nobunaga was furious, storming down the castle in the 3rd year of Tensho era (1575) and executing both Akiyama and Otsuyanokata via cruxification.
After this, Nobunaga's subordinate Hidetaka Kawajiri became the ruler of the castle, and subsequently Ienori Matsudaira (Ogyuu Matsudaira clan). After Takeda was defeated came Shigetoshi (Ranmaru) Mori, after the Incident at Honnoji came Nagayoshi Mori, after the Battle of Komaki-Nagakute came Tadamasa Mori, after which came Naomasa Tamaru, and lastly after the Battle of Sekigahara came Ienori Matsudaira as rulers of the castle.
During the Edo period the castle became the feudal agency of Iwamura Han, the Ogyuu Matsudaira clan became the ruler, after which came the Niwa clan and back to Ogyuu Matsudaira clan until the late Tokugawa Shogunate.
The castle was built in the mountains, and is one of the three greatest mountain castles. However, the feudal clan lord's housing was situated at the foot of the mountain and performed his duties there. Stone walls still remain and the Taiko turret is restored at the site of the feudal lord's housing.

(2008/10/26 、2013/8/11 )

Iwamura Castle
Taiko turret
Iwamura Castle Taiko turret
Nagaya gate
Iwamura Castle Nagaya gate
Turret
Iwamura Castle Turret
Kabuki gate
Iwamura Castle Kabuki gate
Main gate of Chishin-kan
Iwamura Castle Main gate of Chishin-kan
Uzume gate
Iwamura Castle Uzume gate
Outside of Feudal lord's residence
Iwamura Castle Outside of Feudal lord's residence
Feudal lord's residence
Iwamura Castle Feudal lord's residence
Load to the castle
Iwamura Castle Load to the castle
The ruins of Ichinomon gate
Iwamura Castle The ruins of Ichinomon gate
The ruins of Toki gate
Iwamura Castle The ruins of Toki gate
The ruins of main gate
Iwamura Castle The ruins of main gate
Third enclosure
Iwamura Castle Third enclosure
Second enclosure
Iwamura Castle Second enclosure
East enclosure
Iwamura Castle East enclosure
Main enclosure
Iwamura Castle Main enclosure
Obi enclosure
Iwamura Castle Obi enclosure
Relocated gate (Main gate of Tokusho temple)
Iwamura Castle Relocated gate (Main gate of Tokusho temple)
Relocated gate (Main gate of Myoho temple)
Iwamura Castle Relocated gate (Main gate of Myoho temple)
Relocated shrine (Yahata shrine)
Iwamura Castle Relocated shrine (Yahata shrine)
Relocated storehousea warehouse (Storehousea warehouse of Katsukawas)
Iwamura Castle Relocated storehousea warehouse (Storehousea warehouse of Katsukawas)
Relocated Houses for tea ceremony of Palace (tradition) (Houses for tea ceremony of Iidaka-kannon)
Iwamura Castle Relocated Houses for tea ceremony of Palace (tradition) (Houses for tea ceremony of Iidaka-kannon)
Iwamura castle covered with fog
Iwamura Castle Iwamura castle covered with fog

Map
Map


Mino Province
Ogaki Castle
Gifu Castle
Iwamura Castle
Naeki Castle
Tsumagi Castle
Tara Castle
Takenaka Jinya
Gujo Hachiman Castle
Shinowaki Castle
Kano Castle
Kurono Castle
Kaneyama Castle
Sunomata Castle

Gifu Prefecture
Matsukura Castle
Takayama Castle
Kaerikumo Castle
Ogimachi Castle
Ogaki Castle
Gifu Castle
Iwamura Castle
Naeki Castle
Tsumagi Castle
Tara Castle
Takenaka Jinya
Gujo Hachiman Castle
Shinowaki Castle
Kano Castle
Kurono Castle
Kaneyama Castle
Sunomata Castle

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Iwamura Castle Taiko turret

Taiko turret



Iwamura Castle Nagaya gate

Nagaya gate



Iwamura Castle Turret

Turret



Iwamura Castle Kabuki gate

Kabuki gate



Iwamura Castle Main gate of Chishin-kan

Main gate of Chishin-kan



Iwamura Castle Uzume gate

Uzume gate



Iwamura Castle Outside of Feudal lord's residence

Outside of Feudal lord's residence



Iwamura Castle Feudal lord's residence

Feudal lord's residence



Iwamura Castle Load to the castle

Load to the castle



Iwamura Castle The ruins of Ichinomon gate

The ruins of Ichinomon gate



Iwamura Castle The ruins of Toki gate

The ruins of Toki gate



Iwamura Castle The ruins of main gate

The ruins of main gate



Iwamura Castle Third enclosure

Third enclosure



Iwamura Castle Second enclosure

Second enclosure



Iwamura Castle East enclosure

East enclosure



Iwamura Castle Main enclosure

Main enclosure



Iwamura Castle Obi enclosure

Obi enclosure



Iwamura Castle Relocated gate (Main gate of Tokusho temple)

Relocated gate (Main gate of Tokusho temple)



Iwamura Castle Relocated gate (Main gate of Myoho temple)

Relocated gate (Main gate of Myoho temple)



Iwamura Castle Relocated shrine (Yahata shrine)

Relocated shrine (Yahata shrine)



Iwamura Castle Relocated storehousea warehouse (Storehousea warehouse of Katsukawas)

Relocated storehousea warehouse (Storehousea warehouse of Katsukawas)



Iwamura Castle Relocated Houses for tea ceremony of Palace (tradition) (Houses for tea ceremony of Iidaka-kannon)

Relocated Houses for tea ceremony of Palace (tradition) (Houses for tea ceremony of Iidaka-kannon)



Iwamura Castle Iwamura castle covered with fog

Iwamura castle covered with fog




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