Isobe Castle

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History

Some local legends say a castle existed here as early as the Kamakura Period, but there has never been an excavation to determine if a fortification may have existed here during that time period or not. The castle ruins you see today are obviously from the mid 1500's. It was most likely built by Takeda Shingen in his battles with the Annaka at nearby Matsuida Castle (6 km away) or Annaka Castle (2.5 km away). It may have also been built as a satellite fortification by the Hojo, but the Takeda theory seems to make the most sense.

Visit Notes

The castle is remarkably well preserved. Given the location on a fairly small mountain I wouldn't have been surprised if it had been developed over for some nice housing with a view or other public facility. The main approach to the honmaru is well maintained with signs pointing out the main features, which are mostly small baileys and trenches. What's really interesting about this site is if you try to walk those trenches all around the castle. You can see their size and the layout of the castle much better that way.
この城は見事に残されています。公園としても整備されているので年中訪れても大丈夫なようです。こじんまりした城の割には堀や曲輪がとても充実している。整備されている場所だけではなく空堀を奥まで歩くと、なおさら空堀の役割がよくわかります。山城初心者にも大変おすすめな城跡です。

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Castle Profile
English Name Isobe Castle
Japanese Name 磯部城
Founder Takeda Shingen (?)
Year Founded mid 1500's
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Isobe Sta (Shin'etsu line), 15 min walk
Visitor Information Park, open any time
Time Required 45 mins
Location Annaka, Gunma Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 17' 52", 138° 51' 40"
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Year Visited 2018
Visits March 11, 2018
Added to Jcastle 2018


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