Ashikaga Masauji Yakata
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.
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.
|English Name||Ashikaga Masauji Yakata|
|Year Founded||late 1400s|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Kuki Station (JR; Tobu Isezaki Line), 20 min walk|
|Visitor Information||Temple grounds, open any time|
|Time Required||20 mins|
|Location||Kuki, Saitama Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 4' 25.54" N, 139° 40' 6.64" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||2023|
|Admin Visits||June 4, 2023|
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