Chiba Castle 千葉城
Founder Chiba Tsuneshige
Year 1126
Type Hilltop
Condition Reconstructed
Alternate Name Inohana-jo
Admin's Rating ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Historical Site Local Historic Site
Location Chiba, Chiba Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Honchiba Sta (Sotobo Line)
Website Chiba Folk Museum
Visited June 20, 2009
Notes This reconstruction is very misleading. This castle never had such a magnificent main keep. The castle is from well before such large keeps were even built. I avoided posting this castle on my site for a long time because of this, but it is an actual castle site and many people ask me about it so I finally visited it on my way back from Otaki Castle.
History Chiba Tsuneshige built a large scale castle around this site in the 1100's. His descendents ruled over the area from this castle until the 1400's. In 1455, Makuwari Yasutane, a relative of the Chiba, attacked the castle and defeated the Chiba. Makuwari took the name of Chiba and built a new castle (Motosakura Castle) in nearby Sakura abandoning Chiba Castle.

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  • ART on My Page    October 06, 2015 at 06:56 AM
    In 1126 Chiba Tsuneshige built a castle here. However, this is not that castle. In 1455 the Chiba were defeated and the site was abandoned. A new castle was built at Motosakura to replace it, of which today only earthworks remain. So actually Chiba City built this generic early Edo period castle in Inohana park to replace the Sengoku period one. The castle is on a small hill within only a small park. There are no earthworks obvious or moat. Some say it's out of place, historically misleading and a waste of the tax money of the citizens of Chiba. I say "Eh meh gerd, it's a castle. Yayyy!" In this album you will also find models, samurai armour (three sets), maps, and views of Chiba. I included pictures of maps of the Bōsō Peninsula, the first shows an urbanised Chiba, the second is more rural, from an earlier time, and the third is a sight-seeing orientated map emphasising temples. Chiba has some interesting Sengoku era history, but the exhibits have a much broader scope - I don't say to its detriment, but if they were dedicated to portaying Sengoku era Chiba, they wouldn't have built an Edo-style castle.
  • yogan    May 16, 2015 at 08:18 AM
    Honestly the castle isn't THAT bad. There are no amazing castles anywhere close to Tokyo (the closest is Odawara) but this one is very close to the city. I've taken my friends here a couple of times because they wanted to see a castle but didn't have time to go to Odawara or Matsumoto, and they still loved it. Yeah if you are a castle connoisseur it is a waste of your time but it doesn't deserve all the hate it gets on this site.
  • kiddus_i2003 on My Page    May 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM
    Looked good, but closed on the day I arrived.
  • RaymondW on My Page    August 07, 2012 at 09:13 PM
    If I weren't passing through Chiba City on my way back to Tokyo from Sakura Castle, I would not have bothered with this castle site. It is quite disappointing. Having sussed out what others have said, I was mentally prepared for a fake concrete reconstruction where that was no such castle keep in its day. However, they could have had a much better museum inside this fairly big reconstructed castle keep. There was hardly anything in the castle museum about its design and history. No wonder it cost only 60 yen to get in. This is barely a one-star castle site for me.
  • Craig    June 21, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    Not worth visiting. As said the reconstruction is unfaithful and the look of the just looks wrong and aritificial. This big tower plonked in the middle of a drab urban residential area. The grounds surrounding it are tiny and pretty standard fair of a few trees and open spaces. Inside the castle looks to be offices or somesuch before the doors remained closed to me. One humerous thing about this castle is they've built a modern viewing platform in front of it, in a position that should be rather good for viewing it....though they've planted a bunch of trees between said platform and the castle. Your tax money at work people of Chiba!
  • Usagi on My Page    January 08, 2011 at 07:00 PM
    Downtown Chiba, collocated with Ward office and theater. An interesting urban setting with many older buildings surrounding.
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