Hanazono Castle

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History

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.

Visit Notes

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.
これはとても素晴らしい城跡です。何年も見逃していたのが信じられません。思った以上に石積みや遺構がよく残っています。三時間近く隅々まで探検してとても楽しかったです。ただし、ここは説明板も地図も歩道もないので、気をつけながら山城の勘と冒険心を生かして楽しんできてください。廃城をゆくに載っている縄張り図も役立ちます。

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Castle Profile
English Name Hanazono Castle
Japanese Name 花園城
Founder Fujita Masayuki
Year Founded Kamakura Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Yorii Sta. (Tobu Tojo Line), walk 20 mins
Visitor Information mountain, open any time
Time Required 120mins
Website https://www.town.yorii.saitama.jp/site/rekishikan/hanazonojyouato.html
Location Yorii, Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 7' 21", 139° 10' 21"
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Year Visited 2018
Visits April 1, 2018
Added to Jcastle 2018


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