Moroto Castle




Moroto Castle was likely founded as a support castle for Usui Castle between the 12 and 14th centuries. In the heated battles with Uesugi Kenshin it was an important outpost for storing weapons, supplies, and housing soldiers. Moroto Castle fell in HIdeoyshi's campaign against the Hojo at the same time as Usui Castle.

Visit Notes

I didn't go here with any expectations and was very pleasantly surprised. The moats and baileys are well preserved giving you a good understanding of the castle design. The only thing that disappointed me was a lack of signs or explanations. It is located just across Lake Inba, 2km from Usui Castle. You could probably walk here in about 30 mins from Usui Castle so they make a good pair to visit together.

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  • Dry moat between the Honmaru and Sannomaru
  • Sannomaru dry moat
  • Sannomaru dry moat
  • Ninomaru and Sannomaru dry moats
  • Ninomaru dry moat
  • Lake Inba Numa
  • Moat between the Ninomaru and the Honmaru
  • Moat between the Ninomaru and Honmaru
  • Moat between the Honmaru and Sannomaru
  • Dry moat between the Honmaru and Sannomaru
  • Dry moat between the Honmaru and Sannomaru
  • Dry moat between the Honmaru and Sannomaru
  • Sannomaru Bailey
  • Sannomaru entrance
  • Sannomaru dry moat and embankment
  • Map

Castle Profile
English Name Moroto Castle
Japanese Name 師戸城
Founder Usui clan
Year Founded 12th-14th C.
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Keisei Shisui Sta (Keisei Line); 45 mins walk
Visitor Information The park is open any time.
Time Required 40 mins
Location Inba, Chiba Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 45' 9.50" N, 140° 11' 0.67" E
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Added to Jcastle 2013
Admin Year Visited 2013
Admin Visits May 6, 2013

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