Today Taki Castle looks fairly small and you might be deceived into thinking that's all there was since it has three clearly defined main baileys (Honmaru, Ninomaru, Sannnomaru), but actually there were two large outer baileys to the north of the castle in the flatland that has now been developed over. In the original excavations before developing the land they did find many artifiacts and also shoji bori style moats all around the main outer moat.
This is a really neat castle. I don't know why it wasn't on my radar sooner. There are several well defined moats, baileys and a double moat, typical of Hojo castles. My only complaint is that it was very poorly signposted. That's why my descriptions are a bit lacking for these photos. I'd highly recommend Taki Castle for any Kanto area castle fans. Shojibori moats like in Yamanaka Castle and some stonework were also uncovered in excavations but were filled in again. I hope they will one day restore some of it for the enjoyment of all castle fans.
|English Name||Taki Castle|
|Alternate Names||Hongo-jo, Tajino-jo, Takinoshiro|
|Year Founded||15th C.|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Higashi Tokorozawa Sta. (Musashino Line); 15 min bus|
|Visitor Information||open anytime|
|Time Required||40 mins|
|Location||Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 48' 2.02" N, 139° 31' 54.01" E|
|Visits||September 14, 2013|
|Added to Jcastle||2013|