Izu Nagahama Castle

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The oldest written records of Nagahama Castle date to 1579, but it was likely around from earlier times as a satellite fortification of the Hojo. Nagahama is situated to protect the bay which was one of the Hojo's main ports for their fleet of ships. The Hojo had a well developed fleet with ports in Misaki and Uraga for their battles against the Satomi in Chiba too. Nagahama Castle was strengthened and came into prominence particularly after the Takeda started encroaching on their territory and built Sanmaibashi Castle (Numazu Castle) nearby. There was a large sea battle against the Takeda in 1580, but the fleet was little used after the destruction of the Takeda clan. When Hideyoshi's fleet arrived for the Siege of Odawara, the Hojo ships had already moved on to Odawara so the castle and bay was useless. It surrendered with Nirayama Castle and was abandoned in 1590.

Visit Notes

A small fortification, but you really get the feel of how it could have looked out over the Hojo fleet. They have recently developed this into a nice historical park that is well maintained with good signage. This view of Mt Fuji is unbeatable too!

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  • First Bailey
  • Bailey at the base of the castle.
  • Outline of one of the Hojo's warships
  • Atake Warship
  • View of the Atake ships outline form above
  • Mt Fuji and the bay
  • A through D baileys that extend down into the bay.
  • A-D baileys
  • Second Bailey
  • Third Bailey
  • Trench
  • View from the yagura
  • Second Bailey
  • Mock reconstructed yagura
  • Reconstructed yagura
  • First Bailey
  • Looking down from the yagura
  • Bridge across a trench to the Fourth Bailey
  • Trench and Fourth Bailey
  • Route up the back to the Fourth Bailey
  • Route up the back to the Fourth Bailey
  • Location of a drawbridge and gate to the Second Bailey
  • Second Bailey
  • Bailey C
  • Looking up from the C Bailey
  • B Bailey
  • Diorama
  • Map

Castle Profile
English Name Izu Nagahama Castle
Japanese Name 伊豆長浜城
Alternate Names Izu Nagahama-jo
Founder Hojo
Year Founded mid-late 1500's
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features gates, turrets, trenches
Visitor Information
Access Numazu Sta (Tokaido Line), 40 min bus
Visitor Information Park open any time
Time Required 40 mins
Website http://www.city.numazu.shizuoka.jp/shisei/profile/bunkazai/siro/nagahama.htm
Location Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 1' 4.22" N, 138° 53' 17.99" E
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Added to Jcastle 2016
Admin Year Visited 2016
Admin Visits February 11, 2016

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39 months ago
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It's hard to think how this site can be improved other than by adding some more structures, and possibly more info' in English. It's one of the best castle-parks I've visited.