Yokosuka Castle

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History

Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered his retainer Oosuga Yasutaka to build a castle on this site in 1578 to oppose the Takeda forces whose territory extended to the nearby Takatenjin Castle. Tokugawa defeated Takatenjin Castle in 1581 and burned it down. From that time on Yokosuka Castle ruled over the area. After Tokugawa moved to Edo (Tokyo) the castle changed hands several times until the Nishio moved here in 1682 from Komoro Castle. The Nishio family continued to rule from Yokosuka Castle until the Meiji Restoration. The castle was dismantled in 1873.

Visit Notes

This can be easily done as a 2+ hr side trip form Kakegawa. The high honmaru bailey and the rebuilt stone walls are somewhat interesting, but the site as a whole was a bit disappointing compared to what I had expected. Everything you can see is detailed in the pictures here. A couple of the original gates form this castle have been moved to nearby temples but I was not able to visit them.

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Castle Profile
English Name Yokosuka Castle
Japanese Name 横須賀城
Alternate Names Matsuo-jo
Founder Oosuga Yasutaka
Year Founded 1578
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Fukuroi Sta. (Tokaido Line); 30 min bus; 10 min walk
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website http://lgportal.city.kakegawa.shizuoka.jp/kanko/south/yokosukajo.html
Location Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 41' 8", 137° 58' 16"
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Admin
Year Visited 2009
Visits October 15, 2009
Added to Jcastle 2009


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