Hachigata Castle

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The castle was first built by Nagao Kageharu around 1476 and was further fortified and renovated by Hojo Ujikuni when he became lord of the castle under his father Hojo Ujiyasu in 1560. The site of Hachigata Castle is one of the most ideal castle sites in all the Tokyo-Kanto area. It sits at the crossroads for much traffic coming from areas to the North (Shinshu and Joshu) and is nestled between two rivers (Ara River and Fukazawa River) with high cliffs on the Ara River side. Look at the photo of a map in the <a href="hachigata12.html">last picture</a> to see this. These natural defenses along with the vast size of the castle made it a formidable defense for anyone attempting to attack the Hojo from this area.

In 1569 Hachigata Castle turned back the forces of Takeda Shingen, who was forced to go farther South. Then in 1590 when Toyotomi Hideyoshi made his final push towards Odawara to conquer the Hojo, Hachigata castle held off the combined armies of Maeda Toshiie and Uesugi Kagekatsu for a month with 3000 defenders. Ujikuni finally gave in and turned over the castle on the condition that the lives of his men were saved. The castle was later dismantled under the Tokugawa.

Visit Notes

The scale of ruins preserved and the amount of research that has gone into this castle is impressive. The museum (200 yen) is one of the best I've seen for a castle of this size and type. Go here first to see the model of the castle and watch the VR presentation before visiting the ruins. This castle is a must see for any castle fans in the Tokyo area or fans in the area with some time to spend here.

  • Denchichibu bailey
  • reconstructed gate to the third bailey
  • koguchi gate remains and reconstructed gate
  • umadashi gate
  • third bailey, bridge and gate
  • second bailey
  • embankment and moat
  • moat and walls
  • castle map
  • moat between second and third bailey

Castle Profile
English Name Hachigata Castle
Japanese Name 鉢形城
Founder Nagao Kageharu
Year Founded 1476
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations Top 100 Castles, National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features gates, trenches, stone walls, walls
Visitor Information
Access Yorii Sta (Tobu Tojo Line), 25 min walk, or 800 yen by taxi.
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website http://www.town.yorii.saitama.jp/kanko/kanko page/kanko 11.html
Location Yorii, Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 6' 26.06" N, 139° 11' 37.03" E
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Added to Jcastle 2006
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2006
Admin Visits March 25, 2006

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86 months ago
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Waiting for my train in Gyôdashi station, after visiting Oshijô, a man came to me and asked me directly from where i was and what i was doing. I told him i visit castles and the following one was Hachigatajô. He told me that there was a Hôjô matsuri today. We had a nice chat on the train. He asked me what the currency is in Belgium. Actually i had all the different coins in my wallet and a 50 € billet. I showed him and he gave me 130¥ for the 1€ coin. I told him it was too much , but he insisted. So i gave him also the 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20€ cents. When he got of the train he went directly to a vending machine. He throwed the can to me just before the closing of the doors. When i arrived at Yorii station, i teceived immediately a paper with the activities concerning the matsuri. Since my first objective was the castle i walked straight to it. Walking over the Arakawa i saw from afar that a reenactment was going to start along the river. Over the river you are already on the grounds of the castle. Sadly, like stated in the other comments, some roads cross on the grounds. There are also some houses build on parts of it. Because of the matsuri some kuruwa wete also used as parking lot. Nevertheless i enjoyed the moats and embankments. Since the reenactment had begun when i reached the castle, i heard teppô cracking, cannons blasting and signal flares booming. This gave a nice atmosphere on the site. The show was over when i finished my castle visit, but i still encountered some brave samurai(it was hot today) and enjoyed some signing and eating.

I gave only 1.5 stars to this site, because there are no buildings, apart from the only reconstructed door. But if you're interested in nice dorui, i highly recommend this place.


98 months ago
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Visited this castle in November 2015. This castle ruin is quite an impressive Hojo castle with some deep ditches, earthworks, a few very small sections of original stone wall remnants and lots of rebuilt stone walls in the Chichibu Bailey. The actual castle site is massive, roughly on par with Sakura Castle (Chiba) and Yamanaka Castle (Shizuoka). The museum on site is pretty good, too, with an interactive CG display of what the castle looked like during the Sengoku Period and a model of the whole castle.

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165 months ago
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Today was a misty Autumn day in the mountains, which made the ruins appear rather sombre. The plants by the reconstructed gate were a vivid red and by the river there were beautiful splashes of gold. I didn't enjoy Hachigata as much as other ruins near Tokyo, for example Kanayama or Hachioji; there were lots of roads and even a train track crossing the site which made it less relaxing to walk around. The museum's video display where sections lit up on the mini map was great, (the male narrator could do Taiga drama, possibly does, I didn't see the credits) and the site was adequately signposted. The 100 meijo stamp is in the Hachigata Rekishikan; they also have a stamp of Hojo Ujikuni's official seal. There were no Hojo omiyage or mascot characters but the rest area outside the museum was suitably Hojo-themed. Yorii station is also on the Chichibu Line and the JR Hachiko Line.


170 months ago
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Hojo Ujikuni was lord of the castle when it fell on June 14 to a group including Maeda Toshiie, Uesugi Kagekatsu, Sanada Yukimura, and Honda Tadakatsu.