Konodai Castle

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Konodai Castle was first built by Ota Dokan's brother Ota Suketada as a military base for Dokan's excursions into Chiba. It housed an army and had good access to Edo Castle for supplies and reinforcements. The castle offers commanding views of the river area to control traffic and movement out to sea as well as area supply routes. For this reason it was the focal point of battles between the Ota and Satomi and then Hojo and Satomi. After Tokugawa Ieyasu moved to Edo, he abandoned the castle specifically because it overlooked Edo Castle and could potentially be a threat from the Chiba side of the river.

Visit Notes

To be honest, there is not much to see here and most visitors won't even know it as a former castle site except for a couple small signs. For most people it will simply be Satomi Park. The earthen embankments you see in the photos are thought to have been embankments (dorui) of the castle. They even integrated kofun into the embankment network and there are 2 places thought to have been yagura (lookout tower) locations.

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Castle Profile
English Name Konodai Castle
Japanese Name 国府台城
Founder Ota Suketada
Year Founded 1479
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Ichikawa Sta. (JR Sobu Line); 10 min bus to Ichikawa Hospital and 5 min walk; or 20 min walk from the station
Visitor Information park, open 24/7
Time Required 30 mins
Website http://www.city.ichikawa.chiba.jp/koen/koen/satomikouen.html
Location Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 44' 49.45" N, 139° 54' 1.01" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2021
Admin Visits May 3, 2021
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