Hatsuzawa Castle

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Hatsuzawa Castle was built in the 15th century - it is believed, based on the manner in which the castle was constructed. And, based on historical materials, is is supposed that the clan which built it was either the Kunugida Clan or the Nagai Clan. It seems that the specifics are unknown.

Visit Notes

The ruins of Hatsuzawa Castle consist of kuruwa (baileys) and horikiri (trenches cut into the mountain ridge). The hiking trail starts at the Takao Tenjin Shrine. There are several baileys located here in the castle-mount's lower reaches, starting directly above the shrine. The path leads to a fork. To the right is the shukuruwa (main bailey), and to the left are trench remains and the second and third baileys. The ruin can be accessed from this direction too via a path which goes by a water tower.


Castle Profile
English Name Hatsuzawa Castle
Japanese Name 初沢城
Founder Kunugida Clan OR Nagai Clan
Year Founded 15th century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Horikiri, Dorui
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Takao Station on the Chuuou East Line; 10 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 50 mins
Location Hachioji, Tokyo
Coordinates 35° 38' 8.23" N, 139° 16' 43.97" E
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