Nakao Castle (Kai)

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Nakaojō was said to have been by tradition originally built by Takeda Nobumitsu, but this early history is unverified. In the Sengoku period, a residence was built here by Obata Toramori, a vassal of Takeda Shingen, after he was granted land here for his distinguished service. After the fall of the Takeda Clan in 1582, Nakaojō was expanded into a large fort with four baileys by the Hōjō Clan who used it as a connecting castle between Wakamikojō and Shishikujō. This is probably why the castle is called Nakaojō and not ‘Obata-yashiki’. ‘Nakao’ means ‘middle ridge’; the castle was located on a hill between the river terraces of the Sutama and Shio rivers.

Visit Notes

No ruins remain of Nakaojō, originally a hilltop yamajiro (mountaintop castle), as it was redeveloped as terraced fields. There were flags denoting the site, which was nice, and an old, faded signboard.


Castle Profile
English Name Nakao Castle (Kai)
Japanese Name 甲斐中尾城
Founder Takeda Nobumitsu; Obata Toramori
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Sutama IC
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 48' 7.52" N, 138° 26' 12.12" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Oshiro Tabi Nikki
Jōkaku Hōrōki

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