Legend says that the Oba clan built this castle during the Heian Period, but little information from this period remains. In 1457, the Ogigayatsu Uesugi took control of the Oba area including Oba Castle. Ota Dokan rebuilt or renovated the castle, completing the work in 1469. When Hojo Soun moved into the area he took over Oba Castle and also renovated it again. After the Hojo built Tamanawa Castle, however, the importance of Oba Castle gradually decreased. It may have been abandoned by the Hojo at some point, but it certainly was when Hojo were defeated in 1590.
I was pleasantly surprised that this castle is much more extensive and has much better ruins than I was expecting. Many well defined trenches and embankments can be seen around the enclosures and the layout of the castle is mostly well preserved. If you enter through the main entrance by the parking lot and park office, please be sure to go out the bottom of the castle where you can also get some better views of the side trenches and baileys. One of the features of this castle is the 2 yokobori side trenches that run parallel around the end of the mountain at the first bailey.
There are a few different busses that leave from either Tsujido Station or Fujisawa Station that will get you to within walking distance of the castle. Check this link for details.
|English Name||Oba Castle|
|Year Founded||12th C.|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Tsujido Sta. (Tokaido Line), Kanagawa Chuo Koutsu (Kanachu) bus 10 mins, walk 10 mins|
|Visitor Information||park is open anytime, but the parking lot and park office are only open during certain times.|
|Time Required||45 mins|
|Location||Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 21' 41.62" N, 139° 27' 5.83" E|
|Visits||December 22, 2017|
|Added to Jcastle||2018|