Oyama Gion Castle

Travel Information

Oyama Castle (小山城) is the ruins of Japanese castle located Oyama city, Tochigi. It is also known as Gion Castle. It was built in 1148 by Oyama Masamitsu. Today, it becomes a park and garden, but the moats, dirt hills and walls are preserved in good condition.

Tourist Info.
There is a parking and restroom.

0. at Tochigi Station
1. use JR Ryomo Line to Oyama (11 min.)
2. walk west (10 min.)

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Map around Oyama Gion Castle

Detailed Travel Guide

Oyama Gion Castle

Type: Hilltop
Built in: 1148 by Oyama Masamitsu
Classs: Ruins

Oyama Castle is the ruins of castle located in southern Shimozuke (Tochigi). It is known as Gion Castle( 祇園城). Oyama castle, Nakakuki castle and Washi castle are registered as the national historic sites.

Record said, this castle was built in 1148 by Oyama Masamitsu. Oyama clan was originally from Ota clan, the descendant of Fujiwara clan. Masamitsu is the first Oyama moved in Oyama city. Oyama clan was Syugo Daimyo, feudal lord, in Kamakura period, but after the battle of Odawara in 1590, because Oyama clan fought against Hideyoshi, they lost their land and Oyama castle was abandoned in 1619.