The original Otaki Castle was built in the early 1500's near the current castle and may have included part of the current Otaki Castle grounds. In 1590, after Tokugawa Ieyasu resettled in Edo, he stationed his retainer Honda Tadakatsu in Otaki to help control the power of the Satomi in this area. Honda Tadakatsu built the Otaki Castle we see today. Otaki castle was ruled by three Honda lords, and then the Abe, Aoyama, and Inagaki before Marsudaira Masahisa became lord in 1703. His descendents controlled Otaki until the Meiji Restoration. No one knows what the original Otaki Castle main keep looked like. The main keep seen in the picture above is simple is mock main keep based on the designs of typical main keep from the Edo Period.
The main keep is a typical local museum with some historical artifacts including a small collection of armor and swords. The original yakuimon gate is on the school grounds next to the castle. Unfortunately, there was some festival or event going on that day so I couldn't get in to see it.
|English Name||Otaki Castle|
|Year Founded||earl 1500's|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Year Reconstructed||1975 (concrete)|
|Features||main keep, gates, turrets, stone walls, walls|
|Access||Otaki Sta. (Isumi Tetsudo Line); 15 min walk|
|Location||Otaki, Chiba Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 17' 9", 140° 14' 22"|
|Visits||June 20, 2009|
|Added to Jcastle||2009|