Osaka Castle (Ibaraki)

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History

It is thought that the Okami Clan of Okami Castle built Osaka Castle to defend against the Toki clan across the valley. Osaka Castle was the home of the Okami clan before moving to Ushiku Castle. The castle was abandoned in 1590 when the Hojo were defeated.

Visit Notes

This was a really fun site to visit. After the small, overgrown, mosquito infested Okami Castle, Osaka Castle was like heaven and made the long trek by bicycle well worth it. Osaka Castle has many trenches, earthen embankments and the overall structure and design of the castle is really well preserved. It could be a textbook Sengoku Period castle of the Kanto Region. I'm surprised it's not more well known. If only it were a little easier to go there by public transportation.
小坂城はとても面白かったです。もっと有名であってもおかしくないぐらい遺構がしっかりしていると思いました。これだけ遺構が残って公園として整備されているのは珍しいし、とてもありがたいです。訪れたのは牛久駅から自転車で岡見城を見てから来ました。

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Castle Profile
English Name Osaka Castle
Japanese Name 小坂城
Founder Okami clan
Year Founded Nanboku-cho Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Ushiku Station (Joban Line), 75 min walk or bus(?)
Visitor Information park, open any time
Time Required 75 mins
Location Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 58' 0", 140° 11' 53"
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Year Visited 2017
Visits May 3, 2017
Added to Jcastle 2017


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