Taki Castle

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Taki Castle was built by Oishi Sadashige and his son Sadahisa as a support castle for Takiyama Castle. When Hojo Ujiteru was adopted into the Oishi family he became lord of Taki Castle. Taki Castle would become an important part of the Hojo castle network tying together Takiyama Castle, Iwatsuki Castle, and Kawagoe Castle among others in the region. The castle ruins we see today date from this period. After the fall of the Hojo, the castle was decommissioned.

Today Taki Castle looks fairly small and you might be deceived into thinking that's all there was since it has three clearly defined main baileys (Honmaru, Ninomaru, Sannnomaru), but actually there were two large outer baileys to the north of the castle in the flatland that has now been developed over. In the original excavations before developing the land they did find many artifiacts and also shoji bori style moats all around the main outer moat.

Visit Notes

This is a really neat castle. I don't know why it wasn't on my radar sooner. There are several well defined moats, baileys and a double moat, typical of Hojo castles. My only complaint is that it was very poorly signposted. That's why my descriptions are a bit lacking for these photos. I'd highly recommend Taki Castle for any Kanto area castle fans. Shojibori moats like in Yamanaka Castle and some stonework were also uncovered in excavations but were filled in again. I hope they will one day restore some of it for the enjoyment of all castle fans.

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  • Dry moat
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  • Ni no Kuruwa Bailey
  • Dry moat
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  • bailey
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  • San no Kuruwa bailey
  • Earthen bridge
  • dry moat
  • dry moat
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  • View from the honmaru
  • Honmaru and the Kiyama Shrine
  • Dry moat
  • Trail between the bailey and moat
  • Dry moat
  • double moat
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Castle Profile
English Name Taki Castle
Japanese Name 滝の城
Alternate Names Hongo-jo, Tajino-jo, Takinoshiro
Founder Ooishi Clan
Year Founded 15th C.
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Higashi Tokorozawa Sta. (Musashino Line); 15 min bus
Visitor Information open anytime
Time Required 40 mins
Website http://www.city.tokorozawa.saitama.jp/enjoy/kids/shokai/meisyokyuseki/takinojo/index.html
Location Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 48' 2.02" N, 139° 31' 54.01" E
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Added to Jcastle 2013
Admin Year Visited 2013
Admin Visits September 14, 2013

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