Usuida Shukuuchi Fort




Usuida Shukuuchi Fort was built as a supporting fortification for Usui Castle. It is fairly large for such a fortification with one main bailey, a large secondary bailey and and several smaller koshiguruwa baileys along the sides. Several of the photos are simply labelled "koshiguruwa". They are not the same bailey nor is this a name. It is a term for a bailey set lower on the mountainside along the outside of a main bailey. It increases the flat area of the castle and provides a primary defensive point before retreating back up to the main bailey. This site was also decommissioned with Usui Castle.

Visit Notes

I really debated whether to include this in the Usui Castle profile or split it out as a separate one, but most websites give it a separate profile. If it were smaller I would have included it with Usui Castle but it's a full half km away and interesting enough that I think it's worth bringing attention to it. Usui Castle had several other Forts as well but they have all ben developed over by now. I sincerely hope they can preserve at least this one.

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  • entrance to the main bailey
  • main bailey
  • Koshiguruwa
  • koshiguruwa
  • koshiguruwa
  • koshiguruwa
  • koshiguruwa
  • Koshiguruwa
  • entrance to the main bailey
  • Second Bailey

Castle Profile
English Name Usuida Shukuuchi Fort
Japanese Name 臼井田宿内砦
Founder Usui clan
Year Founded 14th C.
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Keisei Shisui Sta (Keisei Line); 10 mins walk
Visitor Information The site is called Shukuuchi Park and should be open any time.
Time Required 20 mins
Location Sakura, Chiba Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 44' 3.37" N, 140° 10' 54.41" E
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Added to Jcastle 2013
Admin Year Visited 2013
Admin Visits May 6, 2013

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