Oogo Castle

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Oogo Castle was founded as the home castle of the Oogo clan in the early 1500's. It seems that the Oogo clan split around 1541 with most of them fleeing the Yokoze to join the Hojo at Odawara and were given lordship of Ushigome Castle in Edo (Tokyo). They renamed themselves the Ushigome. The few Oogo who remained joined the Uesugi forces. Into the vacuum left by the Oogo, the Yokoze, Mayabashi and Nawa briefly skirmished over Oogo castle, but it eventually fell into the hands of the Yokoze. Oogo Castle was a pivotal point in the struggle for power in the area. The castle changed hands several times between the Takeda, Uesugi, and Hojo or their allies. After the fall of the Hojo in 1590, Tokugawa Ieyasu took control of Edo and placed his ally Makino Yasushige as lord of Oogo Castle and the Oogo domain itself was founded. After the Battle of Sekigahara the Oogo domain was absorbed by the Maebashi domain. The lord's palace was moved to Maebashi but the castle remained in use until 1749 when Sakai Tadazumi, then lord of Maebashi, was moved to Himeji. Oogo Castle was disbanded at this time.

Visit Notes

The huge embankments and scattering of stone fortifications are worth the visit if you are in the area.

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Castle Profile
English Name Oogo Castle
Japanese Name 大胡城
Founder Oogo clan
Year Founded early 1500s
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Oogo Sta. (Jomo Rail, Jomo Line), 12 min walk
Visitor Information Park, open any time.
Time Required 30 mins
Website http://akagi-yama.jp/archives/29293
Location Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 25' 9.77" N, 139° 9' 31.36" E
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Added to Jcastle 2016
Admin Year Visited 2016
Admin Visits May 3, 2016

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