Iwatsuki Castle 岩槻城
Founder Ohta Doshin
Year 1457
Type Flatland
Condition Other Buildings
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Historical Site Local Historic Site
Location Saitama City, Saitama Pref.
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Access Iwatsuki Sta. (Noda Line), 20 min walk
Website Iwatsuki Sightseeing
Visited August 29, 2009
Notes A nice little park for a walk (except for the dozen or so mosquito bites I got). The 2 original gates are well preserved. They could have put more effort into signage around the grounds.

Ohta Doshin, a retainer of Ougiya Uesugi Mochitomo, built Iwatsuki castle. It was built around the same time as Kawagoe Castle and Edo Castle as an important fortification for the Ougiya Uesugi clan. The castle made good use of natural defenses with the Arakawa River to the North and East and a swampy area to the South and West.

The castle was taken over by the Hojo in 1525. Iwatsuki Castle fell to Hideyoshi's allies during his Odawara campaigns. It is said that a force of 20,000 was sent against the 2000 defenders. After Tokugawa moved to Edo, many different lords were stationed here. In 1775 a great fire burned down most of the castle buildings. The castle was dismantled in 1870 and most of it has been settled as a residential area. The remaining Shinkuruwa and Kajikurawa were external courtyards outside the main Honmaru, Ninomaru, etc.

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  • Kris on My Page    October 27, 2010 at 11:43 PM
    Iwatsuki is mildly famous as the site war-dogs, (gunken), were first used in a battle. It is also mildly famous as a good cherry-blossom viewing site in Saitama. The town is notable for its production of dolls. There is a service station on the site of the honmaru.
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Saitama City, Saitama Pref.
Iwatsuki Castle views
kuromon yakuimon gate
shoji bori moat shinkuruwa moat
shinkuruwa dry moat shinkuruwa moat
kajikuruwa pond