Obata Jin'ya

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Oda Nobunaga's second son, Nobukatsu was awarded the domain around Kanra in Gunma and the domain of Uda in Nara in 1617 for supporting the Tokugawa at the Siege of Osaka. He gave Kanra to his fourth son, Nobuyoshi, whose son Nobumasa started building the Jin'ya in 1629. The Jin'ya was finished in 1642. From 1767 the Matsudaira were given command of the Obata domain, and in 1851 Matsudaira Tadashige was promoted to a castle holding status, so Obata JIn'ya formally became Obata Castle (Obata-jo). The castle was dismantled by the Meiji Government in 1873.

Visit Notes

Obata Jin'ya is most famous for it's beautiful gardens. The surrounding castle town is also worth your time to walk around. You don't see many castle towns or palace gardens like this in the Kanto region making it a highly recommended destination.

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  • Central Gate
  • Central Gate
  • Road to the castle gate
  • Kuichigai Entrance (crank entrance)
  • Kuichigai Entrance
  • Central Gate
  • Castle entrance area with the servant's quarters in the background
  • Jukyuken Tenement
  • Diorama model of the palace.
  • Diorama model of the palace
  • Inside the reconstructed tenement
  • Earthen embankment and trench
  • Earthen embankment and trench around the palace
  • Earthen embankment and stone wall
  • North Rear Entrance
  • Earthen embankments
  • Palace Gardens, Rakusan-en
  • Earthen embankments
  • Palace gardens
  • Palace gardens
  • Palace gardens
  • Palace gardens and palace outline
  • Outline of the former palace
  • Earthen embankments
  • Takahashi residence
  • Stone wall of the castle town
  • Stone wall of the castle town
  • Stone wall in the castle town
  • Foundation stones of the main gate
  • Map
  • Relocated Gate (See Nanokaichi-jin'ya profile)

Castle Profile
English Name Obata Jin'ya
Japanese Name 小幡陣屋
Alternate Names Obata-jo
Founder Obata Nobumasa
Year Founded 1629-1642
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period
Features gates, samurai homes, trenches, stone walls, walls, castle town
Visitor Information
Access Joshu Fukushima Sta (Joshin Dentetsu Line), 45 mins walk or bus
Visitor Information 500 yen. open 9am-5pm from March to October and 9am-4pm from November to February. Closed Dec 29 to Jan 1.
Time Required 60 mins
Website http://www.town.kanra.gunma.jp/kanko/index.html
Location Kanra, Gunma Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 13' 42.06" N, 138° 54' 52.85" E
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Added to Jcastle 2016
Admin Year Visited 2015
Admin Visits October 18, 2015
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Kiddus i2003Gunshi

25 months ago
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Is Obata'jinya and Kosuge Castle , one and the same ?


25 months ago
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Could you be thinking of this one?



30 months ago
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Have added the Matsuura-bukeyashiki. I also hid samurai house photos from the main page (cleaning up my own mess), and added co-ordinates for them.