Gujō Hachiman Castle

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Gujō Hachiman Castle
Gujō, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
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Gujō Hachiman Castle's keep
Coordinates35°45′12″N 136°57′41″E / 35.75333°N 136.96139°E / 35.75333; 136.96139Coordinates: 35°45′12″N 136°57′41″E / 35.75333°N 136.96139°E / 35.75333; 136.96139
TypeMountaintop castle
Site information
Site history
Built byEndō Morikazu
Garrison information
OccupantsEndō clan, Aoyama clan

Gujō Hachiman Castle (郡上八幡城, Gujō Hachiman-jō) is a yamashiro, or mountain castle, located on Hachiman Mountain in Gujō, Gifu Prefecture, Japan.


Gujō Hachiman Castle was built in 1559 by Endō Morikazu (遠藤盛数). Morikazu had barely finished the castle when he died, leaving it to his son Endō Yoshitaka. Yoshitaka later became a retainer to Oda Nobunaga and the direct control of the castle fell into the hands of Inaba Sadamichi, who renovated much of the castle. Yoshitaka returned to rule the castle following the Battle of Sekigahara. The castle was expanded following Tsunetomo's appointment to the castle in 1646. In 1870, during the Meiji Restoration, the castle was torn down during Japan's attempts to modernize.[1] In 1933, it was reconstructed out of wood.[2]

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A gate at Gujō Hachiman Castle.
  1. ^ Gujō Hachiman Castle Archived 2008-04-15 at the Wayback Machine.. A Guide to Japanese Castles. Accessed June 30, 2008.
  2. ^ Gifu Tour Guide - Historic Sites - Gujō Hachiman. Gifu Prefecture Tourist Federation. Accessed June 30, 2008.

Further reading[edit]

  • Schmorleitz, Morton S. (1974). Castles in Japan. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co. ISBN 0-8048-1102-4.

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