Iinuma Castle

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Iinumajō was a satellite fortification of Mitojō, thought to have been built by Sakurai Sonbō during the Sengoku Period. It was controlled by the Sakurai Clan. The Sakurai served the Edo Clan who were lords of Mitojō. After the fall of Odawarajō to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Hideyoshi's allies, the Satake Clan, with support from the Ōtomo Clan of Hitachi, attacked Mitojō, overwhelming it. Minor outlying fortifications, including Iinumajō, then fell in rapid succession. Iinumajō was destroyed in the conflict and not rebuilt.

Visit Notes

Iinumajō is made up of a central enclosure with wings in the north and south. The north bailey is now the field of an elementary school and the southern bailey is a cemetery. To the east of the castle is the temple Fukushōji. Dorui (earthen embankments) surround the cleared central enclosure and run along in front of the side of the bailey where the entrance is, forming a barrier with the temple (now quite worn down). There is also an earthen mound in the middle of the central enclosure which may have some religious significance. This castle site is small but the adjacent temple is nice too.

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  • dorui from outside of main bailey
  • embankment from within main bailey

Castle Profile
English Name Iinuma Castle
Japanese Name 飯沼城
Founder Sakurai Sonbō
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Kuruwa
Visitor Information
Access Accessible by car, nearest station is Iwama Station on the Joban Line
Visitor Information Free, 24/7
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Ibaraki-machi, Ibaraki Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 17' 22.27" N, 140° 23' 0.46" E
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Added to Jcastle 2018
Contributor ART
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