|English Name||Kozukue Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles|
|Historical Period|| Pre Edo Period
|Access||Kozukue Sta. (Yokohama Line), 10 min walk|
|Location||Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 30' 45", 139° 35' 40"|
|Visits||April 10, 2010|
It is not clear exactly when Kozukue Castle was built, but it was probably around 1438 by the Uesugi. When Nagao Kageharu rebelled against the Uesugi in 1478, one of his allies, Toshima Yasutsune fled to Kozukue Castle. Ota Dokan laid siege to the castle for over 2 months until Toshima was defeated. When the Hojo came to power, they fortified the castle and stationed Kasahara Nobutame here. The Kasahara worked to develop the surrounding town and were also given control under the Tokugawa after the castle was abandoned. Kozukue Castle gave up without a fight in Hideyoshi's siege of Odawara in 1590.
A nice little castle to visit in the middle of the big city. In several of the pictures you can see many cherry blossom petals covering the ground. It looks like this is a secret cherry blossom spot for locals, but I was a little too late to get good pictures of them.