Hotta no Saku
|English Name||Hotta no Saku|
|Year Founded||c. 801|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||National Historic Site|
|Historical Period|| Pre Edo Period
|Features||gates, turrets, walls|
|Access||Omagari (Akita Shinkansen), taxi 10 mins|
|Visitor Information||Museum is open by apppointment form Dec to March. Open every day from April to November from 9am to 4pm|
|Time Required||45 mins|
|Location||Daisen, Akita Prefecture|
|Coordinates||39° 27' 55", 140° 32' 52"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
Hotta no Saku is one of a series of the josaku fortifications built in the Tohoku region by the Yamato Court to help bring the northeast region under their control. The outer fence was made of cut logs 30cm in width and over 3m tall. It extended a total of 3.6 km to enclose 87.8 hectares of land. There was also an outer wall between the outer wooden fence and the inner compound. The outer wall was a tuijibei of compacted sand and clay. Hotta no Saku was located roughly in the middle between Shiwa Castle and Akita Castle. Despite it's vast size and strategic location there are no historical records that name a castle on this site. It obviously existed from archeological excavations but is somewhat of a mystery in the historical records.
See also Taga Castle, Shiwa Castle, and Akita Castle for similar fortifications.