Tateyama Castle 館山城
Founder Satomi Yoshiyasu
Satomi
Year 1590
Type Hilltop
Condition Reconstructed
Reconstructed 1982 (concrete)
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Location Tateyama City, Chiba Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Tateyama Station (Uchibo Line), bus or 15 minute walk
Website Tateyama Museum
Visited 2005-05-28
Notes Nice view from the top of the castle and the honmaru. Poor signage and information about the castle and grounds.
History

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.

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  • kiddus_i2003 on My Page    November 21, 2016 at 11:18 AM
    Well worth the visit, lovely position with fantastic views. Concrete reconstruction .
  • ART    October 27, 2016 at 11:18 PM
    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.
  • Kris on My Page    January 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM
    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.
  • Usagi on My Page    January 08, 2011 at 06:33 PM
    A great day trip drive from Tokyo, with spectacular views. Stop off at the local caves on the way down via the Aqualine.
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Tateyama City, Chiba Pref.
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View from the honmaru