Mogusa Castle




This is a fairly minor castle ruin on the outskirts of Tokyo in Hino City. In fact it wasn't well known as being a former castle site until it was discovered in 1987. There aren't clear mentions in the local history and the site is actually more famous for the Kamakura Period temple that was here. The small hilltop has good visibility of the surrounding plains and the Kamakura Highway. It may have been a smoke signal location (noroshidai) and with other castles in the area it was likely a satellite fortification.

Visit Notes

The grounds today are occupied by a shrine in one part and the Keio Mogusa Gardens in another. The castle remnants are on the ridge line behind these structures. You can see an illustration of the castle on this site. It is the second illustration from the bottom. You will need to pay the 300 yen to enter the gardens to see most of the castle ruins. The gardens would be quite nice for fall colors and spring flowers, so I would recommend visiting during these seasons. There is also a nice old farmhouse on the grounds. I've included a few photos of it here. It is a short walk from the station and can be visited with Takahata Castle and other castles in the area.

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Castle Profile
English Name Mogusa Castle
Japanese Name 百草城
Year Founded Kamakura Period/Early Sengoku Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Mogusaen Station (Keio Line), 10 mins
Visitor Information Mogusaen Park closed Wednesdays and Dec 30 - Jan 3
Time Required 30 mins
Location Hino, Tokyo
Coordinates 35° 39' 15.16" N, 139° 25' 36.16" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2019
Admin Visits Dec. 27, 2019

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47 months ago
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Looks nice. I'd go for the farmhouse too.