|English Name||Chigasaki Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period|| Pre Edo Period
|Access||Center Minami Sta. (Blue Line/Green Line), 10 min walk|
|Location||Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 32' 41", 139° 34' 45"|
|Visits||April 10, 2010|
The early history of Chigasaki Castle is unclear. Based on the structure of the castle, it is of an older type than Kozukue Castle, but we know that it was a subordinate of Kozukue Castle under the Hojo. At this time the Hojo built a network of castles throughout the Kanto region. Around this area there was smaller network of castles centered around Kozukue. The castle fell to Hideyoshi during his siege of Odawara in 1590.
Seven excavations were carried out from 1990-2008. Many artifacts were uncovered and they were able to accurately determine the structure of the castle. The Chigasaki Castle Ruins Park opened in 2008 and wasdesignated a Yokohama Historical Site in 2009.
The castle park is kept up very well, with many signs (all Japanese unfortunately) explaining structures, history and more. It's great to see towns not only reconstructing main keeps and other buildings but taking the time to properly survey older ruins and establish parks like this.