Nanbata Castle

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Kaneko Takanori built this castle as his home after being given the area called Nanbata. He took the place name as his new surname. In the early part of the Sengoku Period, Nanbata was allied with Ogigayatsu Uesugi. At this time, the castle was little more than a fortified palace. In 1546, the castle fell to attack by the Hojo and was put under the control of the Ueda clan. Around this time, the castle was fortified with 3 circular moats and developed into a Sengoku Period castle. The castle fell along with Matsuyama Castle in Hideyoshi's Siege of Odawara (1590). It was abandoned at this time and a temple was built on the site during the Edo Period.

Visit Notes

A surprisingly nice little park and museum. The old buildings that have been moved here or built for the museum make it worth the trip. The moats and embankments have been reconstructed based on excavations and historical records. The site is well signposted in Japanese, but you can ask for some basic English materials inside the museum.

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  • water moat
  • Earthen embankment and water moat
  • Kabukimon style gate
  • Kabukimon Gate
  • Embankment and water moat
  • entrance
  • Moat and bridge to #2 bailey
  • East Gate
  • water moat
  • Embankment and the #3 bailey
  • embankments
  • Otemon Gate
  • Otemon Gate
  • Water moat
  • Nanbata Castle Museum
  • Reconstructed storehouse
  • Former Osawa's house
  • Former Osawa's house
  • Interior of the former Osawa's house
  • Interior of the former Osawa's house.
  • Interior of the former Osawa's house.
  • Former gate of the Suzuki home
  • Suzuki home's nagayamon gate
  • Kaneko Family Home
  • Original map
  • Map

Castle Profile
English Name Nanbata Castle
Japanese Name 難波田城
Alternate Names Nanbata-shi yakata
Founder Nanbata Takanori
Year Founded Nanbokucho Period (1336-1392)
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features gates, water moats
Visitor Information
Access Shiki Sta. (Tobu Tojo Line), East Exit, Bus for Shimo Nanbata, last stop, walk 10 mins
Visitor Information The park and museum are open 9am-5pm, the park is open until 6pm from April through Sept. Free admission,. Closed Mondays unless Monday is a holiday, also closed the day following a national holiday unless it is a weekend or another holiday. Closed for New Year's holidays.
Time Required 60 mins
Location Fujimi, Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 51' 27.79" N, 139° 34' 2.24" E
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Added to Jcastle 2014
Admin Year Visited 2013
Admin Visits Sept 14, 2013

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