Arikoyama Castle 有子山城
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆|
|Historical Site||National Historic Site|
|Location||Toyooka, Hyogo Pref.|
|Access||Toyooka Sta. (Line), bus to Izushi, 15 min walk from the last bus stop to the trail head|
|Visited||September 26, 2013|
|Visitor Info.||open anytime. The trail starts from the Inari Bailey of Izushi Castle (after the red torii gates). | Time Required: 200|
|History||Yamana Suketoyo built this castle in 1574 after his Konosumiyama Castle was defeated by Hideyoshi. Arikoyama Castle is just Xkm south of Konosumi Castle. Another name Konosumi Castle is Konusumiyama (盗山城) which looks like "stolen child". He named Arikoyama Castle (有子山城) "mountain where the child is" as a play on words from Konusumiyama. Arikoyama Castle was again attacked by Hideyoshi in 1580 when Seketoyo's son Akihiro was lord of the castle. After it fell to Hideyoshi, Maeno Nagayasu and then Koide Yoshimasa becams lords of Arikoyama Castle. Afer the Battle of Sekigahara, Koide fortified the foot of the mountain as Izushi Castle and abandoned the mountaintop Arikoyama Castle. After hiking up the mountain to get to the castle I can see why he wouldn't want to use it if it was no longer necessary. The Edo Period saw a more stable government with no local conflicts so many provinces moved from mountaintop castles to lower castles and put their efforts into building up the surrounding castle towns.|
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Toyooka, Hyogo Pref.