Sakamoto Castle 坂本城
stone walls
Picture Donated by Raymond W.
Founder Akechi Mitsuhide
Year 1571
Type Flatland
Condition Ruins
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Location Otsu, Shiga Pref.
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Access Hiezansakamoto Sta (JR Kosei Line) or Keihan Matsunobanba Sta.; 20 min walk
Website Otsu Tourism Guide
Visitor Info. free open park | Time Required: 60 mins
History After annihilating the warrior monks of Hiezan in 1571, Oda Nobunaga ordered Akechi Mitsuhide to construct a castle at Sakamoto. Sakamoto Castle was a lakeside castle of strategic importance as it guarded the Western Omi Road, the road to the mountain pass into Kyoto from Omi (present day Shiga Prefecture), and it was also directly linked to Azuchi Castle by boats across Lake Biwa. It was also built to monitor the activities of the Enryakuji monks and to guard the western shores of southern Lake Biwa. Sakamoto Castle replaced nearby Usayama Castle, whose garrison was defeated in battle by the combined forces of Asai and Asakura in 1570. In 1586, four years after the death of Akechi Mitsuhide, this castle was dismantled and replaced by Otsu Castle as the local castle for controlling the area of southern Lake Biwa around Sakamoto and Otsu.
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Otsu, Shiga Pref.
Sakamoto Castle views
stone walls Looking towards Mt Omi-Fuji
A stone monument and sign for Sakamoto Castle Akechi Mitsuhide statue