Minami Sakaide Castle
Minami-Sakaide Castle is said to have been first built by Satake Yoshishige, the third son of Satake Hideyoshi, which would date it to Kamakura Period, though the earthworks we see today are from the Sengoku Period. Yoshishige was rewarded with a feif in the area due to his efforts during the Jōkyū War. In any case he moved to Mino to do some bureaucratic work and so his residence was later abandoned. In the Sengoku Period, Minami-Sakaidejō was retained, repaired and used by the Satake Clan.
The ruins of Minami-Sakaidejō feature dorui (earthen ramparts), karabori (dry moats), dobashi (earthen bridges) and kuruwa (baileys). There are five baileys in total with earthworks wrapping all the way around the first and second. The third is a farmstead now. The fourth is a wooded area one enters the site via. And the fifth bailey, an expansive outer kuruwa, is now farmland and the site of the temple Sōryūji (蒼龍寺). The ruins are heavily wooded, and I think probably intended as a cedar plantation (hay fever factory).
"Minami" means "south", but Minami-Sakaide appears to be the name of the area and I haven't found any correspondong "north castle".
|English Name||Minami Sakaide Castle|
|Year Founded||Kamakura Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Dorui, Karabori, Dobashi, Kuruwa|
|Access||Minami-Sakaide Station on the Suigun Line; 15 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||60 mins|
|Location||Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 28' 46.67" N, 140° 29' 40.38" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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