Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

Imjin War book cover Strongholds of the Samurai: Japanese Castles 250-1877

Gujo Hachiman Castle

Images: Jcastle.info


Gujo Hachiman Domain

1600 - 1692

Endō Clan

27,000 Koku

1692 - 1697

Inoue Clan

50,000 Koku

1697 - 1758

Kanemori Clan

38,000 Koku

1758 - 1870

Aoyama Clan

48,000 Koku

Gujo Hachiman 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 Endō, Aoyama clans. Dates in use: 1559 - 1871.

This castle's story began in the mid 1500's with the victory of the Endo clan in battle. Endo Morizaku had the stone walls & foundations built up but then passed away leaving the castle's completion to his descendants. In 1870 the castle was torn down but in 1933, soon after Osaka castle had sprung back to life in concrete, it was decided this castle would be rebuilt using wood.


1559 The castle was built.
1588 A major renovation was carried out.
1646 The castle was further expanded by Endo Tsunetomo.
1871 The castle was abandoned.
1933 The castle was rebuilt based on the design of the main tower of Ogaki Castle.

Historical recognition

SitePrefectural Historic Site