Usuida Shukuuchi Fort
Usuida Shukuuchi Fort was built as a supporting fortification for Usui Castle. It is fairly large for such a fortification with one main bailey, a large secondary bailey and and several smaller koshiguruwa baileys along the sides. Several of the photos are simply labelled "koshiguruwa". They are not the same bailey nor is this a name. It is a term for a bailey set lower on the mountainside along the outside of a main bailey. It increases the flat area of the castle and provides a primary defensive point before retreating back up to the main bailey. This site was also decommissioned with Usui Castle.
I really debated whether to include this in the Usui Castle profile or split it out as a separate one, but most websites give it a separate profile. If it were smaller I would have included it with Usui Castle but it's a full half km away and interesting enough that I think it's worth bringing attention to it. Usui Castle had several other Forts as well but they have all ben developed over by now. I sincerely hope they can preserve at least this one.
|English Name||Usuida Shukuuchi Fort|
|Year Founded||14th C.|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Keisei Shisui Sta (Keisei Line); 10 mins walk|
|Visitor Information||The site is called Shukuuchi Park and should be open any time.|
|Time Required||20 mins|
|Location||Sakura, Chiba Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 44' 3.37" N, 140° 10' 54.41" E|
|Visits||May 6, 2013|
|Added to Jcastle||2013|