|English Name||Katakura Castle|
|Founder||Nagai Clan (Probable)|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period|| Pre Edo Period
|Access||Keio Katakura Station (Keio Line), 8 min walk; JR Katakura Sta. (Yokohama Line) 5 min walk|
|Visitor Information||Park open any time|
|Time Required||45 mins|
|Coordinates||35° 38' 24", 139° 20' 14"|
|Visits||March 28, 2015|
Katakura Castle was located on a hill overlooking a convergence in the Yudono and Hyoei rivers. The original castle was built by the Nagai clan. On the North, South and East sides the castle was surrounded by cliffs and valleys about 30m above the rivers. It was constructed with two main baileys divided by deep moats, surrounded by earthen mounds and watchtowers. It also had a multiple koshiguruwa type baileys. Further, the castle's location was an important base adjacent to the old Kawagoe road and the Kamakura Road. For the time period, it was considered a well designed and located castle. Due to it's proximity to Takiyama Castle and Hachioji Castle it is thought that Katakura Castle was also used as an extended fortification of these castles by the Hojo Clan. The castle was abandoned after the fall of the Hojo in 1590.
A nice park to visit for fall colors, cherry blossoms or spring flowers. In the valley along the north side of the castle I saw many people taking photos of wildflowers in the spring. The castle itself is well preserved for being in Tokyo and has not had any significant development to damage the ruins.