Kake Castle (Nukata)

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Kakejō was constructed in the mid' 16th century by Honda Tadamasa. Honda Tadatoyo, Tadamasa's father, and Honda Tadataka, his older brother, were both killed fighting the Oda Clan at Anshōjō, but in 1544 and 1549 respectively. Tadamasa took in Tadataka's orphaned infant son, Nabenosuke, and his mother, and they lived at Kakejō. Little Nabenosuke grew up to be Honda Tadakatsu, a renowned warrior and general of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who made his debut fighting at the attack on Washizu Fort during the Battle of Okehazama in 1560 (he would've been twelve years old). In January of 1573, Honda Tadamasa was slain during the battle of Mikataǵahara by pursuing Takeda forces. Its master dead, Kakejō may have been abandoned at this time.

Honda Tadatsugu, who built the stately home seen at (or near) the site of Kakejō today, was the son of Honda Tadātsu (descended from Honda Tadakatsu), the last lord of Okazaki Castle, and a descendant of Honda Tadamasa, lord of Kakejō. The home, which is open free to the public, was originally built in Setagaya, Tōkyō, in 1932, but was relocated to its current site in 2012. Apparently the decision to relocate the old mansion here was not made with consideration of the site's history, but was merest happenstance. Such an unintended connexion is quite remarkable.

Visit Notes

Kakejō is a castle site with no ruins in the Kake neighbourhood of Okazaki City. It is now the site of the residence of Honda Tadatsugu in Okazaki Higashi Park. Although no ruins remain of medieval fortifications, the site is still the residence of the Honda family, albeit the stately home looks a little different today than it did in the 16th century!

Note: This Kakejō, Nukata-Kakejō, is in historical Nukata County (now Okazaki Municipality), and is not to be confused with Hazu-Kakejō in historical Hazu County (analogous to Nishio Municipality), both in Aichi Prefecture and Mikawa Province.

  • Honda Tadatsugu Residence

Castle Profile
English Name Kake Castle (Nukata)
Japanese Name 額田欠城
Founder Honda Tadamasa
Year Founded Mid' 16th Century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Otogawa Station on the Meitetsu-Nagoya Main Line; 25 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7; park; mansion open 9:00-17:00; free
Time Required 50 minutes
Website https://www.city.okazaki.lg.jp/1100/1109/1162/p011774.html
Location Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 57' 9.94" N, 137° 11' 25.26" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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