The Fujita were leaders in the Chichibu area of Saitama focused around Yorii under the Uesugi governors of Kanto. The castle is directly across the river from Hachigata Castle so it served as an important location to watch Hachigata Castle as well as to guard the entrance to the valley that leads deeper into Chichibu. After the fall of the Uesugi, the Fujita surrendered to the Hojo and fostered Hojo Ujiyasu's fourth son. At the battle for Hachigata Castle in 1590, Hanazono Castle functioned as a satellite fortification to Hachigata Castle.
This was an amazing castle ruin to visit. There was a lot more stonework here than I had imagined. The ruins are more vast and easily identifiable than I had thought too. Look at the map on this site to see how complex the castle is/was. I spent close to 3 hours exploring and taking hundreds of photos. Be aware that there are no signs nor trails so you need to take advantage of your mountain castle instincts and adventurous attitude to find it all. There are good maps and information in the 廃城をゆく book to help you out. Some people may say it's difficult to navigate and that you need a guide, but I didn't think so. Hanazono Mitake Castle, a satellite fortification of Hanazono Castle is also a short walk away at the Shorinji Temple.
|English Name||Hanazono Castle|
|Year Founded||Kamakura Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Features||trenches, stone walls|
|Access||Yorii Sta. (Tobu Tojo Line), walk 20 mins|
|Visitor Information||mountain, open any time|
|Location||Yorii, Saitama Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 7' 21", 139° 10' 21"|
|Visits||April 1, 2018|
|Added to Jcastle||2018|