Kogane Castle

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Castle Properties
English Name Kogane Castle
Japanese Name 小金城
Alternate Names Oyaguchi Castle
Founder Takagi Taneyoshi
Year Founded 1537
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period


Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Koganejoshi Sta (Ryutetsu Nagareyama Line) 10 min walk, or Kitakogane Sta. (Joban line); 15 min walk
Visitor Information park is open any time
Time Required 30 mins
Website http://www.city.matsudo.chiba.jp/miryoku/kankoumiryokubunka/rekisi-bunka/rekishi/chiikinorekishi/kogane.html
Location Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 50' 10", 139° 55' 21"
Admin Visits
Year Visited 2015
Visits April 17, 2015
Added 2015
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History

The Hara Clan, chief retainer of the Chiba clan, had one of their leading vassals Takagi Taneyoshi build Kogane Castle in 1537. The castle was further fortified around 1560 against advances by Uesugi Kenshin. In February of 1566 the castle outlasted a siege by the Uesugi. In 1590 the castle fell to Asano Nagamasa in the Siege of Odawara. The castle was commanded by the Takagi for 3 generations and 53 years. After the Siege of Odawara, one of Ieyasu's sons Takeda Nobuyoshi commanded the castle until it was abandoned in 1593.

Visit Notes

The original castle was actually quite vast and with a prosperous castle town. Unfortunately, most of the castle has been developed over but a significant number of building foundations and artifacts have been discovered over the years. What you see today is a small part that remained atop one of the hills. There is also another small park nearby with one of the gates. Unebori and Shojibori style moats and trenches typical of Hojo construction have been uncovered at the castle but are now mostly buried. I thought there was more to see of the unebori which was the main reason I went but all you can see today is in the pictures here.

Japanese Notes

この城は広大で栄えた城下町もありましたが、現在ほとんど開発されてしまってその痕跡が少ししか残っていません。大谷口歴史公園の他に少し離れた所に達摩口の跡もあります。後北条時代の障子堀と畝堀も発掘調査で見つかっていませうが、一箇所以外は全部埋められて残念ながら何も見えません。もっと見られると思って行ってみましたが、少しがっかりしました。

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