Hakota Castle (Kozuke)
Hakotajō was built in the middle 16th century by Hakota Jishū as a branch castle of Shiroijō. Another such branch castle, Shibukawa Yorii Castle, was built by Shibukawa Jishū some time later by Shibukawa Jishū. The Shiroi Clan had multiple vassals called Jishū? Other clans are said to have occupied the site including the Imai, Takanashi and Onozawa. The site is on a convenient hilltop looking over the surrounding plains.
I came here to Hakotajō hunting mogi! Unfortunately this castle-inspired structure only partially resembles a castle tower. It's a hotel called Tenshukaku no Yado (Castle Tower Inn). As for the real castle, ruins nonetheless remain. Dorui (earthen ramparts), gate ruins, karabori (dry moats) and obikuruwa (belt baileys) can be seen. It's always nice to see some traces of the real castles that give rise to these strange modern interpretations of medieval castles.
|Kouzuke Hakota Castle
|Middle 16th Century
|Pre Edo Period
|Karabori, Kuichigaikoguchi, Dorui, Kuruwa, Obikuruwa, Psuedo-Donjon
|Yagihara Station on the Jouetsu Line; 35 minute walk
|Free; 24/7; Mountain
|Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture
|36° 27' 44.78" N, 139° 2' 27.24" E
|Added to Jcastle
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|Oshiro Tabi Nikki