Sugaya Yakata

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History

A fortified home was built on this site by Hatakeyama Shigetada in 1187, but there are no confirmed remains from that time. Hatakeyama was a well known samurai from the Genpei war who started fighting on the side of the Taira but switched to the Minamoto at the Battle of Dan-no-ura. This location was very suited to watch over the Kamakura Road and protect the area from any forces that would come up from Kamakura. The site was more formally used as a castle from 1487-1505 for the battles between Yamanouchi Uesugi and Ougigayatsu Uesugi. It was well positioned for Yamanouchi to put pressure on Ougigayatsu's Kawagoe Castle. The castle layout and territory you see today is from this time period. It is not clear what happened to the castle after the Hojo invaded in 1546. Some theories say that the Hojo continued to use it as a staging point from which to send out their forces. This is evidenced by the large, well fortified baileys that were not likely necessary for the Uesugi. However the lack of significant artifacts from the Hojo period also suggest it may have been abandoned.

Visit Notes

The museum has materials for the other castles and a nice little book of hiking trails through these and other historical sites.
博物館では他のお城の資料があるので他へ行く前にここを訪れるといい。そこで売っている「比企の中世再発見・ウォーキングガイド」もとても便利です。

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Castle Profile
English Name Sugaya Yakata
Japanese Name 菅谷館
Alternate Names Sugaya-jo
Founder Hatakeyama Shigetada
Year Founded 1187
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Next 100 Castles, National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Musashi Ranzan (Tobu Tojo Line), 15 min walk
Visitor Information
Time Required 90 mins
Location Ranzan, Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 2' 11", 139° 19' 22"
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Admin
Year Visited 2010, 2015
Visits November 11, 2010; Feb 14, 2015
Added to Jcastle 2011


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