Ushiku Castle was built around 1550 by the Okami clan. At that time the Okami were allied with the Hojo in opposition to the Satake defending the borderlands of the Hojo territory. The castle was strongly built and incorporated elements of Hojo castle design such as a large outer defense perimeter (sogamae) around the castle. In 1586 the Okami were attacked by the Tagaya (Satake allies) and barely defended the castle with support from other nearby allies. During the Siege of Odawara in 1590, the Okami surrendered to Hideyoshi's forces. Hideyoshi replaced the Okami with Yura Kunishige as the new commander of the castle. Ushiku Castle was abandoned after the Battle of Sekigahara in 1623.
In 1669, the Ushiku Domain was established and Ushiku Jinya was built along the Ushiku Swamp to the northwest of Ushiku Castle.
This is a fantastic site to visit. The huge walls and deep trenches are very typical of Kanto earthworks castles, especially the many similar type ones you'll find around Ibaraki. The pictures don't do it justice. Some of the embankments appear to be low, but you are actually looking at them from inside the bailey and a higher elevation. From the outside they add a couple meters onto the height of an already deep trench.
|English Name||Ushiku Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Ushiku Sta. (Joban line), 25 min walk|
|Visitor Information||park, open any time|
|Time Required||60 mins|
|Location||Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 57' 14.76" N, 140° 8' 6.43" E|
|Visits||May 3, 2017|
|Added to Jcastle||2017|