Nasu Kanda Castle

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The early history of the castle is mostly unknown with different theories buried in local stories. It was probably built in the early 1100's by the Nasu clan. The 6th generation lord moved to Inazumi Castle and Kanda castle was supposedly abandoned. While the main fortification of the Nasu clan may have moved, it is likely that this castle was in use until the Sengoku Period by other members or the family or other high ranking retainers.

Visit Notes

I actually missed the bus from Mumo Castle back to Karasuyama Station so I walked the roughly 5km to get hereinstead of waiting 2.5 hrs for the next one. It's a fairly easy road if you happen to be stuck between busses. The same bus that goes to Mumo Castle stops right in front of Nasu Kanda Castle so you can visit both on the same line, but the busses run few and very between. Otherwise it's a fairly minor castle ruin but it is also one of the very few fortified single bailey type castles from this time period with any ruins remaining today.

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  • Castle entrance
  • Moat and embankment
  • Moat and embankment
  • Top of the embankment
  • earthen embankments
  • large bailey in the middle
  • entrance
  • Earthen embankment
  • Atop the earthen embankment.
  • entrance and embankment
  • Entrance
  • Entrance
  • Center bailey
  • Bailey and embankment
  • Map

Castle Profile
English Name Nasu Kanda Castle
Japanese Name 那須神田城
Founder Nasu clan
Year Founded 11-12th C.
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Karasuyama Sta. (Karasuyama Line), bus
Visitor Information
Time Required 30
Location Nakagawa, Tochigi Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 45' 6.73" N, 140° 7' 37.74" E
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Added to Jcastle 2015
Admin Year Visited 2015
Admin Visits April 16, 2015

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76 months ago
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Nasu-Kandajō is a hirajiro (plainsland) castle consisting of a single rectangular bailey surrounded by dorui (earth-piled ramparts) and a moat. It is currently the site of a small shrine sitting on one of the corner ramparts and the enclosure is filled with rice paddies. Next to the castle a restaurant serves inoshishi (wild boar) meat. Ascending the ramparts the site is small enough to appreciate at a glance so it doesn't take long to explore it all.