Hasedo Castle was an important defensive position for Yamagata Castle. It was probably built sometime in the early 1500's by the Mogami Clan. It first appears in history when it was conquered by Date Tanemune in 1514. In 1600, forces loyal to Tokugawa (led by Mogami Yoshiaki) and forces loyal to the Eastern Army (led by Naoe Kanetsugu) fought at Hasedo Castle at nearly the same time that their armies were fighting at Sekigahara. When news reached Naoe of the outcome of the Battle of Sekigahara, he withdrew back to Yonezawa. It was abandoned in 1622 when the Mogami moved to Omi.
The castle is well maintained with many signs including a recommended route through the castle. The recommended route was actually quite good and takes you to parts of the castle with nice views that you might typically miss. It is interesting how Hasedo Castle and Narisawa Castle flank the road to Yonezawa from Yamagata. It gives you an indication of the tensions between the two regions. Even though Hasedo Castle isn't a very big castle it is well defended and nearly covers the small mountain providing good lines of sight to many different directions.
|English Name||Hasedo Castle|
|Year Founded||16th C.|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Yamagata Station (Oou Line), bus; Zao Sta (Oou Line) 60 min walk|
|Visitor Information||park, open any time|
|Time Required||70 mins|
|Location||Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture|
|Coordinates||38° 12' 45.61" N, 140° 16' 20.75" E|
|Visits||November 2, 2017|
|Added to Jcastle||2012|