It is believed that the castle was founded as early as 1566 by Ōgoe Akimitsu, though this is unclear. Ōgoe served Tamura Kiyoaki, lord of Miharu Castle. By 1586 the Ōgoe clan, possessing a fief of about 10,000 koku, were fighting for the Sōma in the long-standing war for territory between them and the Date clan. In 1588 the Date assaulted the castle and set fire to the town at its base, but their attack was ultimately repulsed. In 1589, war broke out between the Date and Iwaki clans and Ōgoe submitted to the Date and fought for them but he was captured by Iwaki Tsunetaka and was compelled to commit seppuku. Initially Ōgoe’s descendants retained control of the castle but thereafter the Tamura clan took over.
Ogoe Castle is actually quite a large and interesting mountaintop castle. There are terraced baileys down two or three ridges, a few trenches, embankments and huge boulders scattered about the site. It is moderately well marked for some of the main areas. I went off trail and tried to go down a couple of the ridges but the dense woods make it impossible to get photos that show off much of these baileys or other ruins.
The story of the Jcastle.info website actually begins when I was an assistant Junior High School English Teacher in a little town in Fukushima called Ogoe (now part of Tamura City) in 1997. At the time I started to develop some interest in castles through my "blog" (even though the word didn't exist yet) about travels around Tohoku. One of the Board of Education people told me there was a large castle on the mountain right behind the Board of Education offices (Ogoe Budokan). We once took the afternoon off and walked up there to look around but I didn't see any castle. I only saw weeds and mosquitoes. At the time I was only interested in castles that had "something to see" (buildings, big stone walls). Ohh, how naive I was back then! Had I known more I could have easily made it a daily walk since I lived nearby too.
|English Name||Ogoe Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Ban'etsu East Line, Ogoe Station (15 min walk)|
|Visitor Information||park, open any time|
|Time Required||120 mins|
|Location||Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture|
|Coordinates||37° 22' 59.27" N, 140° 37' 27.01" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2016|
|Admin Year Visited||2020|
|Admin Visits||December 13, 2020|
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