Sakata Castle




The castle was originally built by the Chiba clan in the 14th Century. The early history is a bit unclear but by the late Sengoku Period it was the main castle of the Ida Clan, a branch of the Chiba. The Ida were aligned with the Hojo and sent most of their forces to Odawara to help with the defense of Odawara. When Sakata Castle was attacked by Hideyoshi's forces they easily surrendered and Sakata Castle was abandoned.

Visit Notes

Parts of the castle ruin are now a plum tree plantation. Don't think you've left the castle ruin but follow the trail along the side to see further earthworks and entrances. It looks like they have a plum festival here in the spring so that may be a good time to visit.

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  • Dry moat between the Honmaru and Ninomaru
  • Honmaru entrance
  • Honmaru
  • Honmaru
  • Honmaru earthworks
  • Earthen bridge to the Ninomaru
  • Ninomaru entrance
  • Ninomaru
  • Dry moat of the Ninomaru
  • Dry moat of the Ninomaru and Sannomaru
  • Dry moat between the Ninomaru and Sannomaru
  • Sannomaru Dry Moat
  • Exit from the Sannomaru
  • Sannomaru
  • Entrance to the Sannomaru from the Yonnomaru
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Castle Profile
English Name Sakata Castle
Japanese Name 坂田城
Alternate Names Shijo-jo
Founder Chiba clan
Year Founded 14th C
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Yokoshiba Sta. (Sobu Line); 30 min walk
Visitor Information Park is open any time
Time Required 30 mins
Location Yokoshiba Hikari, Chiba Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 39' 54.00" N, 140° 28' 22.01" E
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Added to Jcastle 2013
Admin Year Visited 2013
Admin Visits May 6, 2013

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