Nishikata Castle

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History

Nishikata Castle was a satellite fortification of the Utsunomiya clan. The early history of the castle is unclear but it was likely built by a branch of the Utsunomiya who renamed themselves Nishikata for the region. Nishikata Castle was situated on the border as an important defense against the Minagawa but the castle was taken by Minagawa Muneshige in 1515. In 1585 the castle was taken back by Utsunomiya Kunitsuna. The castle was abandoned in 1597 when the Utsunomiya were relocated to Akabane.

Visit Notes

The castle is behind the Chotokuji Temple and you should easily find the signs once you reach the temple.

This is a fantastic site. It's a typical Kanto style earthworks castle with lots of complex trenches and embankments and baileys. What makes this site particularly good is that it actually has clear trails and is well signposted. I would highly recommend this for any Kanto area castle fans. You can also visit nearby Nijo Castle and Manago Castle in a day.

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Castle Profile
English Name Nishikata Castle
Japanese Name 西方城
Alternate Names Tsurugaoka-jo
Founder Nishikata clan, Utsunomiya clan
Year Founded Kamakura Period (1185-1333)
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Tobu Kanasaki Sta. (Tobu Nikko Line), 30 mins walk. There is also an infrequent bus from the station to about a 10 min walk away.
Visitor Information mountaintop, open any time
Time Required 150 mins
Location Tochigi City, Tochigi Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 28' 26.76" N, 139° 43' 22.51" E
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Year Visited 2019
Contributor Eric
Visits March 17, 2019
Added to Jcastle 2019


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