Chigasaki Castle




The early history of Chigasaki Castle is unclear. Based on the structure of the castle, it is of an older type than Kozukue Castle, but we know that it was a subordinate of Kozukue Castle under the Hojo. At this time the Hojo built a network of castles throughout the Kanto region. Around this area there was smaller network of castles centered around Kozukue. The castle fell to Hideyoshi during his siege of Odawara in 1590.

Seven excavations were carried out from 1990-2008. Many artifacts were uncovered and they were able to accurately determine the structure of the castle. The Chigasaki Castle Ruins Park opened in 2008 and wasdesignated a Yokohama Historical Site in 2009.

Visit Notes

The castle park is kept up very well, with many signs (all Japanese unfortunately) explaining structures, history and more. It's great to see towns not only reconstructing main keeps and other buildings but taking the time to properly survey older ruins and establish parks like this.

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  • dry moat and earthen walls.
  • west bailey
  • dry moat
  • dobashi bridge, east and central baileys
  • east bailey
  • east, central and west baileys
  • north bailey
  • central bailey
  • map

Castle Profile
English Name Chigasaki Castle
Japanese Name 茅ヶ崎城
Year Founded 1524
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Center Minami Sta. (Blue Line/Green Line), 10 min walk
Visitor Information
Time Required
Location Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 32' 41.06" N, 139° 34' 44.76" E
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Added to Jcastle 2009
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2010
Admin Visits April 10, 2010

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On december 17th 2019 i visited Chigasaki castle. It wasn't my initial intention to visit this site, but since it's only 1km from the Otsuka/Saikachido iseki, it was a bonus. I actually began wiyh the castle. From ShinYokohama station i took the blue line subway to Center Minami station. From this station you can see the site of the castle to the east. It's easy to walk to the site. There are 2 entrances to the site, both on the northern side. The first leads to the karabôri(dry moat) between the Nakakuruwa(inner bailey) and the nishi kuruwa(west bailey). The other entrance, where i began my tour, leads to the kita kuruwa(north bailey). There are 4 main baileys, only the higashi kuruwa(east bailey) i didn't yet mentioned. The site is quite small and there are no buildings, but it is very well maintained. Even better than Kozukue castle, i visited yesterday. The amount of explanation boards is enormous for such a small site, but again everything only in japanese. The West bailey is off limits. It's a nesting area of karasu(crows).

The Otsuka/Saikachido iseki, i mentioned above, is a Yayoi period settlement where some dwellings and a palisade have been rebuilt. There is also the displaced residence of the Nagasawa, a mid Edo period home.