Yanagawa Castle

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Founded in 1426, Yanagawa Castle was the original home of the Date clan. The Date ruled until Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s victory over the Odawara Clan when the Date submitted and their territory was broken up in 1591. At that time the castle came under the hegemony of Aizu Domain and Gamō Yorisato was put in charge. In 1598 Uesugi Kagekatsu became Daimyō of Aizu-han and he put Suda Nagayoshi in charge of Yanagawajō. It is thought that around this time a large embankment and wide trench was excavated north of the sannomaru (third bailey).Following the Battle of Sekigahara, the Date Clan, on the side of Tokugawa Ieyasu (Eastern Army), attacked the Uesugi clan siding with Ishida Mitsunari (Western Army). The Date attacked Yanagawajō from Ōedajō. Following the succession crisis after the death of Uesugi Tsunakatsu in 1644, the surrounding territory was taken into Tenryō administration (direct control by the Shogunate) and Yanagawajō was abolished.

Visit Notes

All that remains at this site is a length of ishigaki (stone rampart), but it overlooks a pretty garden, creating a very picturesque scene. Recently a building was moved away from the site allowing for the excavations which are currently being carried out.


Castle Profile
English Name Yanagawa Castle
Japanese Name 梁川城
Alternate Names 鶴ヶ城
Founder Date Clan
Year Founded 1426
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features water moats, trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Yanagawa Kibonomorikōen-mae Station (Abukuma Express Line); 5 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7
Time Required 15 minutes
Location Date City, Fukushima Prefecture
Coordinates 37° 51' 18.79" N, 140° 36' 40.57" E
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Added to Jcastle 2017
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