Obata Castle 小幡城
Founder Obata
Yuki
Year 1400s
Type Flatland
Condition Ruins
Admin's Rating ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Historical Site Local Historic Site
Location Ibaraki, Ibaraki Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Ishioka Sta. (Joban line), 26 min bus (bus for Mito, get off at Shinobata), 20 min walk
Website Ibaraki Town Tourist Association - Obata Castle
Visited May 5, 2016
Visitor Info. Park, open any time | Time Required: 60 mins
Notes This is one of the most well preserved large scale Sengoku Period castle sites in the immediate Tokyo area and probably the best in Ibaraki Pref. Most of the castle structure remains and those huge trenches are really impressive. I wish I had someone with me to put in the photos for scale.
History Artifacts on this site point to it having been built in the 1400s. Besides that, little is known about the early of this castle. The OBata clan had been allied with the Edo until 1481 when Obata Yoshikiyo defied them. The two clans fought for the next 50 years. In 1532 Obata Harunobu was killed by the Edo and the Obata clan ended. Obata Castle became a formidable satellite castle of the Edo clan and the ruins you see today seem to date from this period of fortification by the Edo. The Edo clan held the castle until they were defeated by the Satake in 1590. The Satake also kept Obata Castle as one of their important fortifications until they were transferred to Akita in 1602 and the castle was abandoned.

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Ibaraki, Ibaraki Pref.
Obata Castle views
Entrance Trenches near the entrance
Trenches Trenches
Two long trenches and an entrance Trenches
Trenches Trenches
Trenches Trenches
Trenches Trenches
Trenches Trenches
Trenches Trenches
Honmaru entrance Inside the Honmaru Bailey
Honmaru embankment Honmaru
Honmaru well Bailey #4
Bailey #4 and Honmaru Trenches
Earthen bridge connecting 2 baileys Trenches
Trenches Trenches
Long thin bailey and lookout Part of the previous long thing bailey.
Trenches Trenches
Trenches Trenches
Map Map