Kashiwabara-goten, is a 'goten' site, a pseudo-castle (as in, lightly fortified) fortification type which existed in the early Edo period. The Kashiwabara-goten is interesting because it was established by tradition following Tokugawa Ieyasu coming here for safe haven in 1588 when he was given shelter at the Nishimura Residence. Tokugawa Shoguns then made it a custom to pause here when visiting the Imperial Capital, and Tokugawa Hidetada established Kashiwabara-goten in 1623 shortly before his retirement. It had a regiment to protect it at all times, but never saw any type of conflict. Soon the Shogunate found that it wasn't worth the expense to maintain such goten, especially since their position had been cemented and they could afford to dispense with all trips to the old capital, and Kashiwabara-goten was decommissioned in 1689.
The site of Kashiwabara-goten is located in the historic town of Kashiwabara-juku. There is a small park with an information display about the site.
|English Name||Kashiwabara Palace|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Access||Kashiwabara Station on the Tōkaidaō Main Line; 10 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Free; 24/7; Park|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Maibara, Shiga Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 20' 25.69" N, 136° 23' 45.82" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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