Hanazono Mitake Castle
From Hanazono Castle it's a short walk (10-15 mins) around the back side of the mountain to the Shorinji Temple. From here you can walk up the Gohyaku Rakan (五百羅漢 ) trail to get to the castle ruins. There are no signs for the castle so you'll need to figure things out for yourself. As you reach the wide open area at the top of the trail in this photo you'll immediately see a trail off to the left that goes down a little to another sign pole. Keep following this trail up the ridge past the sign pole (do not follow the arrow going down the mountain, you'll end up at the lake!) to the top of the mountain where you'll find another small shrine, seen in the photo above. This is the castle ruin. The shrine is the main bailey and there are a couple trenches you can see around it.
This is a simple fortification. 2 main baileys, a couple smaller side baileys, a clear yokobori trench, a couple clear tatebori trenches a couple other trenches. It’s too heavily wooded to see anything but it would have had great views to survey the surroundings.
|English Name||Hanazono Mitake Castle|
|Year Founded||Kamakura Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Yorii Sta. (Tobu Tojo Line), walk 35 mins|
|Visitor Information||mountain behind the temple|
|Time Required||20 mins at the castle|
|Location||Yorii, Saitama Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 7' 34", 139° 10' 6"|
|Visits||April 1, 2018|
|Added to Jcastle||2018|