Niwaya Castle (Kozuke)




Niwayajō was the fortified residence of the Niwaya Clan, which, under Commander Niwaya Saemon, a chief vassal of the Obata Clan, also served as a branch fort of Kuniminejō (on the mountain behind where the Obata-jin'ya is today). The fort was destroyed during Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Odawara Campaign.

Visit Notes

Niwayajō is a yakata (fortified manor house) ruin. Dorui (earthen ramparts) surround a small enclosure except where there is a steep cliff overlooking a river, about 40m to each side, enclosing a small space. There is a koguchi (entrance) on the southern end of the western ramparts. The site is now a shrine.

  • Dorui

Castle Profile
English Name Niwaya Castle (Kozuke)
Japanese Name 上野庭谷城
Alternate Names 庭屋城
Founder Niwaya Clan; Niwaya Saemon
Year Founded Sengoku Period or earlier
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Joushuu Fukushima Station on the Joushin Dentetsu Line; 30 minute walk or 15 minute cycle (free rental bicycle available at the station)
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Shrine
Time Required 15 minutes
Location Kanra, Gunma Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 15' 53.06" N, 138° 56' 44.48" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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