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[Yamanaka Castle ruin Park]

Listed among the 100 best Japanese castles, this mountain stronghold cleverly takes advantage of the natural geography

Yamanaka Castle was built by the Hojo family at the end of the Sengoku period in 1560, as a defensive base to protect the eastern area of Odawara. The castle was constructed to include the Old Hakone Highway within its precincts, but it fell to Hideyoshi Toyotomi in 1590, just as it was being expanded to defend against an incursion by him into Odawara. Yamanaka Castle was a mountain stronghold that took full advantage of the natural geography, and the ruins give a clear impression of castle structures of 400 years ago such as the une-bori and shoji-bori, moats constructed according to beautiful geometrical designs. The site is now a castle ruin park rich in green, from where Mt. Fuji and Suruga Bay can be seen on a clear day.
Posted photos Main Mt. Fuji viewed from Yamanaka Castle ruins
Two photos Upper Une-bori, lower Shoji-bori
 
Address Yamanaka-shinden, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka
Phone +81-55-971-5000 (Mishima Tourist Association) (Japanese only)
+81-55-983-2631 (Urban Planning Division, Urban Development Department)
Access Take the Numazu Tozan Tokai Bus bound for Moto-Hakoneko from "Mishima Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 28 minutes, alight at "Yamanaka-jo-ato" and walk for approx. 8 minutes.
URL http://www.city.mishima.shizuoka.jp/ipn004636.html

updated on Mar 11, 2015

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