Ashikaga Masauji Yakata

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This fortification was originally built by Masauji's father, the first Koga Kubo, Ashikaga Shigeuji or one of his vassals, to defend against the Ota. The original castle had two large baileys surrounded by water moats with an inner masugata at the main entrance. Masauji became the second Koga Kubo in 1489 (some say 1483) and retired here in 1517.

Visit Notes

The castle retains 2 sections of the moat around the temple today but originally it was much larger with two large baileys, both surrounded by water moats.

The Kantoin temple houses the grave of Masauji and a painting of him which is a Prefectural Historic Artifact. I don't know if the temple is ever open to the public but it definitely was not this day. I've seen some reports that if you ask kindly to be allowed in to pray for the Ashikaga the priest will let you in and will allow pics of the grave, but that's not really my thing and I didn't see anyone around anyway.

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Castle Profile
English Name Ashikaga Masauji Yakata
Japanese Name 足利政氏館
Founder Ashikaga Shigeuji
Year Founded late 1400s
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Kuki Station (JR; Tobu Isezaki Line), 20 min walk
Visitor Information Temple grounds, open any time
Time Required 20 mins
Website bunkazai/bunkazai/shiseki/masaujihaka.html
Location Kuki, Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 4' 25.54" N, 139° 40' 6.64" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2023
Admin Visits June 4, 2023
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