Jofukuji Castle 浄福寺城
Founder Oishi
Hojo
Year
Type Mountaintop
Condition Ruins
Alternate Name Nii-jo
Admin's Rating ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Historical Site Local Historic Site
Location Hachioji, Tokyo
Map Google Map
Access Takao Station (Chuo Line), 10 min bus for Kawaharajuku Ohashi, 18 minute walk
Visited April 15, 2016
Visitor Info. mountain trails open anytime | Time Required: 90 mins
Notes No signs on site except for the map and history at the base of the mountain. It is fairly difficult to find the trails around the top that lead to the other 2 ridges. I could only find two and had to skip the other 2. Even though it was still mid April there was a lot of undergrowth making it more difficult. I would recommend going in the winter. This could easily be done as a set with Hachioji Castle and/or Odano Castle. I visited Odano Castle followed by Jofukuji Caste and would have stopped by Hachioji Castle if I didn't have to be back in downtown Tokyo early.
History The history of this castle is very unclear. It is attributed to the Oishi clan because several nearby temples are also attributed to them, but the time period is unknown. The Oishi were vassals of the Kanto governor, the Yamanouchi Uesugi clan. When Hojo Ujiteru was adopted by Oishi Sadashige, it is thought that the first castle he moved into was Jofukuji Castle. Jofukuji Castle is located just north of Hachioji Castle and may have been used as a satellite fortification after Ujiteru moved into Hachioji Castle. The castle was left untouched since Oishi's times making it a valuable example of a mountaintop castle from the Sengoku Period.

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Hachioji, Tokyo
Jofukuji Castle views
castle from a distance Map of the castle grounds
Trail entrance from Jofukuji Temple Kannondo Shrine
Tatebori trench Tatebori trench
bailey and embankment Small bailey
Small bailey Small bailey and cliff
Honmaru, main bailey Small bailey seen from the Honmaru bailey
Side of the honmaru bailey Horikiri trench
Horikiri trench Walking along the ridge
Small bailey Horikiri trench
Horikiri trench Horikiri trench
Deep horikiri trench double horikiri trenches
Horikiri trench Mountain side
Horikiri trench multiple vertical trenches
Wider photo of the area with the trenches mountainside