the ancient site of the Tamon castle


Pictures of noted places of Yamato (courtesy of Nara Prefectural Library and Information Center)

Tamon castle

Tamon castle is a castle that was built by a warrior who attacked the province of Yamato named Matsunaga Hisahide (1510-1577). It was built on the top of Mt. Tamon (known as Mt. Mikenji in ancient times) and it currently located on Hōren-chō in Nara City. Three-storied castle turrets were built which is called Tamon Yagura. The turrets formed the foundation of the castle structure that had a turret called ‘Tenshyu’ in the Edo Period (1603-1867). History of Japan, written by the missionary Luis Frois, will give you some information about it. Later on, Oda Nobunaga (1534-1584) owned the castle and Tsutsui Junkei, who ruled Yamato under Oda, tore it down. You are not able to see the foundation because a stone wall of the castle was moved to Kōriyama castle. Now you can see Wakakusa municipal junior high school on the site of the castle.