Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

       
Imjin War book cover Japanese Castles 1540-1640

Gifu Castle

岐阜城
Gifu Castle is classified as a mountain castle, and is located in Gifu Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Mino Province. It is associated with the Saitō, Oda clans. Dates in use: 1201 - 1600.

Prior to Oda Nobunaga attacking & taking control of this castle, it was named Inabayama castle & was in the possession of the Saito clan. Conflicts within the Saito clan weakened the defenses of this castle and helped contribute to an Oda victory. The castle was then renovated by Nobunaga but was later reduced to rubble after the battle of Sekigahara. The ruins were further damaged in 1943 by bombing.

Timeline

1539 Saito Dosan commenced construction of the castle.
1567 The castle was lost to the Oda clan in battle against the Saito clan.
1600 The Battle of Gifu Castle. The castle fell to Tokugawa forces.
1601 Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered the castle demolished.
1956 The main tower was constructed.
1997 The main tower was renovated.

Historical recognition

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