Kawawada Castle

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History

Said to have been founded in 1336, Kawawadajō functioned as a branch castle of Mitojō. After the fall of Odawarajō to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Hideyoshi's allies, the Satake Clan, with support from the Ōtomo Clan of Hitachi, attacked Mitojō, overwhelming it. Minor outlying fortifications, including Kawawadajō, then fell in rapid succession. Kawawadajō was destroyed in the conflict and not rebuilt. It is now the site of the temple Tentokuji.

Visit Notes

Kawawadajō is now the site of the temple Tentokuji. If you go behind the temple there is a small graveyard enclosed by earthen embankments. If you go along this shaded area you will come to a dead end where the swampy remains of a water moat fester. Dorui (earthen embankments) remain here and there, including most prominently next to the temple gate (an embellished kabukimon).

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Castle Profile
English Name Kawawada Castle
Japanese Name 河和田城
Founder Ohtomo Clan
Year Founded 1336
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features water moats
Visitor Information
Access Akatsuka Station on the Joban Line; 20 minute walk
Visitor Information Free, 24/7
Time Required 35 minutes
Location Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 22' 6", 140° 24' 53"
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Contributor ART
Added to Jcastle 2018


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