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Isshi Incident (picture in Edo period) written by Sumiyoshi Jokei and Sumiyoshi Gukei from Wikipedia

Coup d'etat by Prince Nakano Ōe ( later Emperor Tenji ) and Nakatomino Kamatari , well known as "Reform in Taika", a series of political reform movements.

Profile : Ōno Castle Ruins

LocationŌnojō City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Also known as
Type of castleMountaintop 
Mountain's nameMt. Shinouji
Elevation410m 
ConditionRuins 
Designation National Special Historic Sites
Year built665
Abolishedunknown
Castle lordYamato Court
Refurbishment lord
Portrait of Emperor tenji (pictured Meiji period) from Wikipedia

The 38th emperor of Japan (reign : 668-672)
Portrait of Emperor tenji (pictured "The Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets") from Wikipedia

Ōno Castle admission

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Ōno Castle is a typical Korean-style mountain castle (also called an ancient mountain castle) built under the guidance of Kudara people. This style of castle, which is very different from the medieval mountaintop style castle during the Warring States period and the modern Edo period , is often found in the Kyūshū and Setouchi regions, There are features such as no living space. It is a mountaintop castle that is easy to protect and difficult to attack. There were one gate in the city and two in the south, an earthwork is used for the mountain ridge line, and a stonework is used for the valley. It is said that total 8 km wall is built around the castle.
It is located just north of Dazaifu Tenmangū Shirine, a tourist attraction in Fukuoka Prefecture. The castle was built in 665 when the Kofun period was over and Japan was about to transition to a "Rule of Law Period". More than 70 buildings have been found inside the castle. These buildings are thought to have primarily acted as warehouses and have several cornerstones in several places.


In 663, a Japanese army sent to help a country that was in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula (Kudara) fought against the Tang and Sinla coalition forces at Hakusukinoe War, was completely defeated. In Japan, which was surprised by this, it was thought that Tang and Sinla troops would soon attack in the years after the defeat, then castles were built in various places rapidly, guards (Sakimori) were deployed, and a national defense system was established.
At present, there is no building at that time left in Ōno Castle, but there are still plenty of highlights that make the ancient mountaintop style castle look more prominent.

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