Said to have been founded in 1336, Kawawadajō functioned as a branch castle of Mitojō. After the fall of Odawarajō to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Hideyoshi's allies, the Satake Clan, with support from the Ōtomo Clan of Hitachi, attacked Mitojō, overwhelming it. Minor outlying fortifications, including Kawawadajō, then fell in rapid succession. Kawawadajō was destroyed in the conflict and not rebuilt. It is now the site of the temple Tentokuji.
Kawawadajō is now the site of the temple Tentokuji. If you go behind the temple there is a small graveyard enclosed by earthen embankments. If you go along this shaded area you will come to a dead end where the swampy remains of a water moat fester. Dorui (earthen embankments) remain here and there, including most prominently next to the temple gate (an embellished kabukimon).
|English Name||Kawawada Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Akatsuka Station on the Joban Line; 20 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Free, 24/7|
|Time Required||35 minutes|
|Location||Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 22' 6.42" N, 140° 24' 52.92" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2018|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|