Usuida Shukuuchi Fort

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History

Usuida Shukuuchi Fort was built as a supporting fortification for Usui Castle. It is fairly large for such a fortification with one main bailey, a large secondary bailey and and several smaller koshiguruwa baileys along the sides. Several of the photos are simply labelled "koshiguruwa". They are not the same bailey nor is this a name. It is a term for a bailey set lower on the mountainside along the outside of a main bailey. It increases the flat area of the castle and provides a primary defensive point before retreating back up to the main bailey. This site was also decommissioned with Usui Castle.

Visit Notes

I really debated whether to include this in the Usui Castle profile or split it out as a separate one, but most websites give it a separate profile. If it were smaller I would have included it with Usui Castle but it's a full half km away and interesting enough that I think it's worth bringing attention to it. Usui Castle had several other Forts as well but they have all ben developed over by now. I sincerely hope they can preserve at least this one.
臼井城のプロフィールに含めるべきかと悩みましたが、ちょっと離れているし、結構大きくてよく残っているので、別の支城として考えたいです。その方が人にも注目してもらえるでしょう。臼井城には他にもいくつかの砦はありましたが、全部が住宅地等に開発されているので、是非この砦くらいは残してほしいです。

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Castle Profile
English Name Usuida Shukuuchi Fort
Japanese Name 臼井田宿内砦
Founder Usui clan
Year Founded 14th C.
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Keisei Shisui Sta (Keisei Line); 10 mins walk
Visitor Information The site is called Shukuuchi Park and should be open any time.
Time Required 20 mins
Location Sakura, Chiba Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 44' 3", 140° 10' 54"
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Admin
Year Visited 2013
Visits May 6, 2013
Added to Jcastle 2013


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