Oka Castle Ruinsオカジョウシ

It is symbolical existence of the castle town of old Oka feudal clan that owned seventy thousand Koku. The Koku means the value of the official crop of rice that was used for the breadth of the land that one Koku equals about five bushels or about one hundred and eighty liters of unpolished rice. The Numerize River flows through the south side, the Inaba River flows through the north side and they form a moat that is the natural fortress. It was built the castle in 1185 by Ogata Saburokoreyoshiオガタサブロウコレヨシ to invite Minamoto Yoshitsuneミナモトノヨシツネ. However, Yoshitsuneヨシツネ was shipwrecked in Daimotsunouraダイモツノウラ ,present Amagasaki, so he could not come. Another name of this castle is Gagyujo. This means the castle is like a cow that is lying down. The height above the sea level is 325 m. This Castle that is on the Aso lava plateau didn't yield to the violent attack of the Shimazu army. It is famous of the Kojonotusuki (Moon at the Ruined Castle) which Rentaro Taki composed.

 An outline of Oka castle: classification; castle on a hill. Scale; area⇒234,000㎡, east and west ⇒1.8 km, north and south ⇒0.8 km. Moat; the south ⇒Shirataki River and the north ⇒Inaba River. Construction; total number of persons ⇒105,138 and silver coins ⇒641,874 monme(unit of weight, approx. 3.75 g). Total number of defense soldier; about 1,300 and infantry. Castle town; Shiga feudal clan ⇒Sogawa and Hasada and Tamarai, Nakagawa feudal clan ⇒Taketa. Abandoned castle; from November, 1871 to February, 1872.

The past days of Oka castle.

Opening time  9:00-17:00
Closure day  from 31st of December to third of January
Admission fee  High school students and older pay full fare ⇒ 300 yen
 ・Primary and junior high school student ⇒ 150 yen
Telephone  0974-63-1541