Kokokuji Castle 興国寺城
Founder Hojo Soun
Hojo
Year around 1467-1487
Type Hilltop
Condition Ruins
Alternate Name Fukadayama-jo, Nekoya-jo,
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Historical Site National Historic Site
Location Numazu, Shizuoka Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Hara Sta. (Tokidao Line), 30 min walk
Website Shizuoka Castles - Kokokuji Castle
Visited June 20, 2014
Visitor Info. Open anytime | Time Required: 30 mins
Notes There should also be a bus from Numazu, but I don't have the details. There was a bus stop right in front of the castle entrance named Negoya.
History Kokokuji Castle is well known as the castle from which Hojo Soun rose to power. Soun became the lord of Kokouji Castle in 1487 for helping to quell the succession dispute among the Imagawa after the death of Imagawa Yoshitada. Yoshitada was married to Soun's sister. In 1491, Soun invaded Izu and Imagawa Yoshimoto was put in charge of Kokokuji Castle. After the hostilities settled down, Imagawa renovated the castle. As the Imagawa lost power, Kokokuji Castle became one of the points of struggle between the Takeda and Hojo. The Takeda took control in 1571 and kept the castle until their downfall when it came under the control of Tokugawa Ieyasu. After Ieyasu moved to Kanto, various lords served from Kokokuji Castle until it was abandoned in 1607.
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Numazu, Shizuoka Pref.
Kokokuji Castle views
Looking out from the Honmaru embankment Ninomaru and Honmaru baileys
Honmaru embankment Ninomaru
Route to the main keep Route to the main keep foundation
Atop the Honmaru embankment Honmaru embankment
Atop the Honmaru embankment Honmaru trench and North Bailey
Atop the honmaru Atop the Honmaru embankment
Atop the Honmaru embankment Main keep foundation
Stone wall of the main keep Main keep foundation
Deep trench behind the Honmaru Deep trench behind the Honmaru
Deep trench behind the Honmaru Deep trench
Deep trench Deep trench behind the Honmaru
Deep trench Map