Yamada Castle

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History

The early history of Yamada Castle is very unclear. Likely it was built by the Nieda clan, retainers of the Narita clan, as a satellite castle of Oshi Castle to watch over the Kamakura Highway. At some point it came under control of the Hojo at Matsuyama Castle (Saitama). It was taken by Maeda Toshiie in 1590 as part of the wider Siege of Odawara and likely abandoned thereafter.

Visit Notes

Hidden away inside the Shinrin Koen (aka Musashi Kyuryo National Park), is this little gem of a castle. The castle ruins are very well preserved. It is basically a single bailey fortification with a deep trench around the outside. The inside also has some more earthen embankments that split the interior into 3 or 4 sections, one of which has an additional trench and may have been living quarters. The castle is near the park entrance and well signposted, unlike Yamazaki Castle (Saitama) which is also in the same park. It is not difficult to get to, is well preserved, has good signage and should be a must see Saitama castle ruin.

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Castle Profile
English Name Yamada Castle
Japanese Name 山田城
Founder Nieda clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Shinrin Koen Sta (Tobu Tojo Line); 10 min bus to Shinrin Koen.
Visitor Information Musashi Kyuryu National Park - open 930-5pm in summer months, shorter in winter months, check website for details; 450 yen park entrance fee
Time Required 60 mins
Location Namegawa, Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 4' 11.39" N, 139° 21' 56.74" E
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Admin
Year Visited 2020
Contributor Eric
Visits January 19, 2020
Added to Jcastle 2020
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