Minami Sakaide Castle

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Minami-Sakaide Castle is said to have been first built by Satake Yoshishige, the third son of Satake Hideyoshi, which would date it to Kamakura Period, though the earthworks we see today are from the Sengoku Period. Yoshishige was rewarded with a feif in the area due to his efforts during the Jōkyū War. In any case he moved to Mino to do some bureaucratic work and so his residence was later abandoned. In the Sengoku Period, Minami-Sakaidejō was retained, repaired and used by the Satake Clan.

Visit Notes

The ruins of Minami-Sakaidejō feature dorui (earthen ramparts), karabori (dry moats), dobashi (earthen bridges) and kuruwa (baileys). There are five baileys in total with earthworks wrapping all the way around the first and second. The third is a farmstead now. The fourth is a wooded area one enters the site via. And the fifth bailey, an expansive outer kuruwa, is now farmland and the site of the temple Sōryūji (蒼龍寺). The ruins are heavily wooded, and I think probably intended as a cedar plantation (hay fever factory).

"Minami" means "south", but Minami-Sakaide appears to be the name of the area and I haven't found any correspondong "north castle".


Castle Profile
English Name Minami Sakaide Castle
Japanese Name 南酒出城
Founder Satake Yoshishige
Year Founded Kamakura Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Karabori, Dobashi, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Minami-Sakaide Station on the Suigun Line; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 60 mins
Location Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 28' 46.67" N, 140° 29' 40.38" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
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