|Founder||Yamato Court (Yamato Choutei)|
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ☆|
|Historical Site||National Historic Site|
|Historical Value||Top 100 Castles|
|Location||Soja, Okayama Pref.|
|Access||Hattori Sta. (Kibi Line); 2000 yen Taxi or 5.5km hike (see notes below)|
|Website||Soja City - Kinojo|
|Visited||November 20, 2010|
|History||The history of Kinojo is unclear since it is not mentioned in any historical records. It is believed that it was built by the Yamato Court in the Seventh Century to defend from foreign invaders. There were some 30 castles built around that time in Western Japan, of which, 27 have been located. Kinojo was discovered in 1971 and is currently thought to be the oldest castle in Japan. The outer wall is approximately 2.8 km long, with 4 main gates and one large defensive platform.|
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Soja, Okayama Pref.