Sakazaki Castle (Mikawa)


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Sakazakijō, said to have been first built by Amano Tôfusa in the early 16th century, was later the seat of Amano Yasukage who was installed as one of the three magistrates of Mikawa by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1565 following the suppression of the Mikawa-Ikkō-Ikki uprising. Yasukage had served Ieyasu from the age of 11 (circa 1548) as his koshō (pageboy). Yasukage was loyal to Ieyasu during the Ikkō-Ikki uprising when many, including members of Yasukage's own clan, rebelled (I have the suspicion that all of the most loyal retainers were originally koshō). Yasukage served at Okazaki, Hamamatsu and Sunpu castles, and had success in battle at the battle of Anegawa (1570) and the battle of Mikataǵahara (1572). Sakazakijō was abandoned no later than 1590 when Tokugawa Ieyasu (and his entire franchise) relocated to Kantō.

Visit Notes

Sakazakijō is fortification site which is now that of the Shiro-shinmeisha, a shrine in Sakazaki village, Kōta Township, Nukata County. The site is a locally designated historical asset, and castle-explorers have identified the remains of dorui (earthen ramparts) and karabori (dry moats) here. There is a stele marking the castle site at the Shiro-shinmeisha.

See also Sakazaki Old Castle.

  • Signpost for castle at shrine

Castle Profile
English Name Sakazaki Castle (Mikawa)
Japanese Name 三河坂崎城
Founder Amano Tôfusa
Year Founded Early 16th century
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Hori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Aimi Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line; 25 minute walk to Shiro-shinmeisha
Visitor Information 24/7 free; shrine
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Kōta, Aichi Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 53' 44.12" N, 137° 9' 50.29" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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