Hatsuzawa Castle was built in the 15th century - it is believed, based on the manner in which the castle was constructed. And, based on historical materials, is is supposed that the clan which built it was either the Kunugida Clan or the Nagai Clan. It seems that the specifics are unknown.
The ruins of Hatsuzawa Castle consist of kuruwa (baileys) and horikiri (trenches cut into the mountain ridge). The hiking trail starts at the Takao Tenjin Shrine. There are several baileys located here in the castle-mount's lower reaches, starting directly above the shrine. The path leads to a fork. To the right is the shukuruwa (main bailey), and to the left are trench remains and the second and third baileys. The ruin can be accessed from this direction too via a path which goes by a water tower.
|English Name||Hatsuzawa Castle|
|Founder||Kunugida Clan OR Nagai Clan|
|Year Founded||15th century|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Kuruwa, Horikiri, Dorui|
|Access||Takao Station on the Chuuou East Line; 10 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; mountain|
|Time Required||50 mins|
|Coordinates||35° 38' 8.23" N, 139° 16' 43.97" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|