Kouzuke Hakota Castle

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History

Hakotajō was built in the middle 16th century by Hakota Jishū as a branch castle of Shiroijō. Another such branch castle, Shibukawa Yorii Castle, was built by Shibukawa Jishū some time later by Shibukawa Jishū. The Shiroi Clan had multiple vassals called Jishū? Other clans are said to have occupied the site including the Imai, Takanashi and Onozawa. The site is on a convenient hilltop looking over the surrounding plains.


Visit Notes

I came here to Hakotajō hunting mogi! Unfortunately this castle-inspired structure only partially resembles a castle tower. It's a hotel called Tenshukaku no Yado (Castle Tower Inn). As for the real castle, ruins nonetheless remain. Dorui (earthen ramparts), gate ruins, karabori (dry moats) and obikuruwa (belt baileys) can be seen. It's always nice to see some traces of the real castles that give rise to these strange modern interpretations of medieval castles.




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Castle Profile
English Name Kouzuke Hakota Castle
Japanese Name 上野箱田城
Founder Hakota Jishū
Year Founded Middle 16th Century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Karabori, Kuichigaikoguchi, Dorui, Kuruwa, Obikuruwa, Psuedo-Donjon
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Yagihara Station on the Jouetsu Line; 35 minute walk
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Mountain
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 27' 44.78" N, 139° 2' 27.24" E
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Admin
Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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