Tateyama Castle

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The castle was built by Satomi Yoshiyasu ruling the rich lands around Tateyama. He was, however, not a fortunate ruler. Because he was late joining Hideyoshi's forces at Odawara, he lost a large portion of his lands. His son Satomi Tadayoshi also fell out of favor with the Tokugawa and eventually had to surrended his lands and the castle was disassembled in 1614.

Visit Notes

Nice view from the top of the castle and the honmaru. Poor signage and information about the castle and grounds.

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  • View from the honmaru

Castle Profile
English Name Tateyama Castle
Japanese Name 館山城
Founder Satomi Yoshiyasu
Year Founded 1590
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Reconstructed main keep
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Year Reconstructed 1982 (concrete)
Features main keep
Visitor Information
Access Tateyama Station (Uchibo Line), bus or 15 minute walk
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website http://www3.to/hakkenden
Location Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 58' 53.51" N, 139° 51' 20.77" E
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Added to Jcastle 2005
Admin Year Visited 2005
Admin Visits 2005-05-28

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Kiddus i2003Gunshi

71 months ago
Score 1++
Well worth the visit, lovely position with fantastic views. Concrete reconstruction .


72 months ago
Score 0++
Tateyamajō is a pleasant castle to visit. The park is vast and it sits on a mountain overlooking the bay. This scenic setting is famous from the Edo Period epic novel Hakkenden by Kyokutei Bakin. In the legend of Hakkenden the story begins when Lord Satomi returns to Bōsō after victory in battle. Attempting to conquer all of Bōsō from Tateyamajō in Awa-kuni, Lord Satomi promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to the brave warrior who can bring him the head of his rival. To everyone’s astonishment, Satomi’s loyal dog slays the rival and brings the head back to Lord Satomi. So the princess obliges and marries the dog! Hakkenden follows the adventures of “the eight dog warriors” who are half-brothers descended of the man-slaying canine each embodying a Confucian virtue.

Anonymous user #1

118 months ago
Score 0++
Went here in the midst of a miserable downpour when everything was closed. Even in the rain the autumn leaves in the small garden and the gingko trees lining the road were still pretty. My camera got water in it and fogged up so by chance I ended up with some neat photos that made it look like the castle was shrouded in a thick fog. The field at the base of the castle turned into a pond in the rain, but the restaurant/souvenir shop was still open; they seemed to be experiencing a bit of a Hakkenden boom if their souvenirs were anything to go by.

Anonymous user #1

142 months ago
Score 0++
A great day trip drive from Tokyo, with spectacular views. Stop off at the local caves on the way down via the Aqualine.