Onabuchi Castle

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The early history of this castle is unknown. It first appears in history when it was captured by Uesugi Kenshin in 1561. The castle was later captured by Yokoze Shigakatsu, lord of Yaba Castle, who put it under the control of Numata Kageyoshi. That put the castle into Hojo hands, so Uesugi Kenshin attacked and recaptured the castle 1574. In 1576, it was taken by the Yura from Kanayama Castle who were also allied with the Hojo. By this time, the Uesugi control of the area was waning and the castle remained under the Hojo until they were defeated in 1590 and the castle was abandoned.

Visit Notes

For the time period it is quite rare to have a flatland castle and one that used water moats so extensively in the Kanto Region. For that alone it is a worthwhile trip. The outline of the castle is well preserved as well as the water moat but not much else.

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  • Moat and baileys
  • Honmaru bailey
  • Water moat and bridge
  • Honmaru bailey and moat
  • Ninomaru bailey
  • Honmaru bailey
  • Water moats
  • Honmaru and moat
  • Honmaru and Ninomaru
  • Honmaru and Ninomaru
  • West bank of the large water moat
  • This shrine now stands in the Sannomaru
  • Trench around the Sannomaru bailey
  • West bailey
  • West Bailey moat
  • Map
  • Map

Castle Profile
English Name Onabuchi Castle
Japanese Name 女渕城
Founder unknown
Year Founded early 1500's
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features water moats
Visitor Information
Access Araya Sta. (Joao Railway, Jomo Line) 10 min walk
Visitor Information Park, open any time
Time Required 3 mins
Website http://akagi-yama.jp/archives/29359
Location Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 24' 49.07" N, 139° 12' 9.11" E
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Added to Jcastle 2016
Admin Year Visited 2016
Admin Visits May 3, 2016

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