There is evidence of a fortification on this site going back to the 1400's but the earliest records claim that it was the residence of Katsunuma Nobutomo, a brother to Takeda Nobutora. Nobutomo died in a battle with Hojo Ujitsuna in 1535 and his son Nobumoto succeeded him. There is some speculation whether Nobumoto became the new lord of Katsunuma or the nearby Imai clan did. Regardless, Nobumoto was killed by Takeda Shingen in 1560 on suspicions of inciting a rebellion.
The castle ruins were discovered in 1973 when building the neighboring Prefectural Wine Center. Don't miss the ruins of the vassal's residence around the back side of the castle. While the castle is called a yakata (palace or residence) the large double embankment, deep moat and turrets show that it was as fortified as any castle at the time.
Katsunuma is very famous for grapes and wine. I went in early October towards the end of grape season and got the best grapes I've ever had from a simple roadside stand. You can get there by regular non-express train from Shinjuku in about 2 hours.
県立ワインセンターの建設時に発見した城跡です。 すぐ近くの家臣屋敷跡も見逃さないでください。 訪れたのは十月上旬で道端の売店で買ったバイオレットキングという新種のブドウが今まで食べた中で一番美味しいブドウでした。
|English Name||Katsunumashi Yakata|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Features||trenches, stone walls|
|Access||Katsunuma Budokyo (Chuo Line), 30 min walk|
|Visitor Information||open anytime|
|Time Required||45 mins|
|Location||Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 39' 36", 138° 43' 54"|
|Visits||October 9, 2017|
|Added to Jcastle||2017|