Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

       
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Sakasai Castle

Images: Fujinamiism

逆井城
Sakasai Castle is classified as a flatland castle, and is located in Ibaraki Prefecture. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Shimōsa Province. It is associated with the Sakasai, late Hōjō clans. Dates in use: 1456 - 1590.

I haven't actually visited this castle myself, but from what I've heard it is not easy to get to. Once you arrive however, your efforts will be repaid with a finely reproduced Sengoku period castle. Prior to being abandoned in 1590, this castle marked the eastern border of the Hōjō territory.

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Timeline

1456 Fortifications were built by the Sakasai clan.
1536 The castle was attacked & fell to the Hōjō.
1577 The castle was renovated.
1590 The Hōjō clan were defeated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi & the castle was abandoned.
1982 Excavations began.
1991 A gate from Sekiyado castle was relocated here.
1993 All buildings, walls & a tower were rebuilt.

Historical recognition

SitePrefectural Historic Site