Kutsukake Castle was likely built around 1394-1428 but the founder is not clear. Theories connect it to Fujiwara Yoshiyuki but was more likely the Kondo who were the rulers through the Muromachi Period. As Oda Nobuhide expanded his influence through the region, the Kondo allied with the Oda after Nobuhide took Anjo Castle in 1540. After Nobuhide's death they switched to the Imagawa. Kondo Kagehara was moved to Takasono Castle and Kutsukake Castle came under direct control of the Imagawa. Kutsukake Castle is most well known as the castle where Imagawa Yoshimoto and his main army stopped before the Battle of Okehazama, roughly 7km from the battlefield. After the battle, there were multiple castellans, but the castle was likely abandoned in the early 1600s as the main highway was moved closer to the ocean.
The remains of Kutsukake Castle are mainly the Honmaru, the Honmaru trench and some parts of other baileys around the Honmaru. The main attraction is probably the entrance between the Ninomaru and Honmaru highlighted in the photo above.
I actually didn't know much about this castle but I had a little extra time in Nagoya and dropped by on a whim after seeing it on a map. Without any background, this castle site was quite a pleasant surprise. It is small, but well maintained and signposted and turned out to be the highlight of the day.
|English Name||Kutsukake Castle|
|Founder||Kondo clan / Fujiwara clan|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Zengo Sta (Meitetsu Line) 15 min bu; 15 min walk|
|Visitor Information||park, open 24/7|
|Location||Toyoake, Aichi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 4' 8.36" N, 137° 1' 18.59" E|
|Visits||January 13, 2020|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
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