The site was originally a fort belonging to Mariya Takeda. Three generations of Masaki held the castle until the events of the Odawara Campaign ultimately led to the castles most famous legend, that of Oman`s escape. In 1577 Oman was born at Katsuura castle. In 1590, when the Toyotomi forces attacked the castle, Oman-no-kata made a daring escape lowering a makeshift rope forty metres over the side and climbing down using one hand whilst holding her younger brother fast in the other. After her mother`s remarriage, she moved to Numazu, where she was selected to be one of Tokugawa Ieyasu`s concubines at age 17. She gave birth to Tokugawa Yorinobu and Tokugawa Yorifusa. Tokugawa Yorifusa was the father of Tokugawa Mitsukuni, better known as Mito Komon, which makes Oman-no Kata Mito Komon`s grandmother.
Very little remains of this site except the name and signs explaining its history; there is a statue of Oman no Kata and views of the ocean, as well as a shrine.
|English Name||Katsuura Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||Toride|
|Access||From JR Katsuura Station to Hachiman Misaki Koen is 2 kilometres, car, taxi or walk.|
|Location||Katsuura City, Chiba Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 8' 10", 140° 18' 41"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|