月山富田城Gassan Toda Castle is classified as a mountain castle, and is located in Shimane Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Izumo Province. It is associated with the Amako, Mōri clans. Dates in use: 1395 - 1611.
Considered one of the five great mountain castles of the Sengoku period. Certainly it's scale was great but what was the ingredient that allowed it to prosper in that hostile environment? This was a time before massive moats and unscaleable walls like those of Osaka castle. What protected this castle for 100's of years was the natural defenses its location offered which made it difficult for attacking armies.
|1195||The castle was built by the Sasaki clan.|
|1395||Amago Mochihisa was put in control of the castle.|
|1484||Amago Tsunehisa, a servant of the Kyogoku clan, was expelled.|
|1486||Tsunehisa recaptured the Castle.|
|1541||The first battle of Toda Castle - A combined force of Ouchi & Mōri troops were repelled.|
|1566||The second battle of Toda Castle - The Mōri were victorious.|
|1567||Amano Takashige became lord of the castle.|
|1569||Mori Akimoto enters the castle.|
|1585||Another Mōri enters the castle.|
|1591||The Yoshikawa clan were transferred here.|
|1600||The Horio clan were transferred here.|
|1611||The Hoiri clan transfer to the newly built Matsue Castle.|
|Site||National Historic Site|