Senpuku Castle




It's not clear exactly when Senpuku Castle was built but it appears in temple records from 1572 and is conspicuously missing from similar records from 1545, so it was likely built in between. The castle is one step into the Sunto area and Hojo lands so it was likely a forward outpost for the Kazurayama when they expanded to the East. Fumyoji Temple is at the base of the mountain and corresponds to the area that was the lord's home.

Visit Notes

At the end of June the site was already mostly overgrown and difficult to get through. There really isn't anything to see here apart from some leveled areas and a couple trenches if you can make them out. I can't recommend a visit unless you just happen to be riding by, as I was.

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  • Fumyoji Temple
  • Mountain where the castle was located
  • bailey
  • Trail
  • Terraced baileys
  • small bailey
  • bailey
  • bailey
  • Large trench (horikiri)
  • Bailey

Castle Profile
English Name Senpuku Castle
Japanese Name 千福城
Founder Kazurayama clan
Year Founded mid 1500's
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Susono Sta (Gotenba Line); 40 min walk
Visitor Information Does not seem to be any maintained trails.
Time Required 20 mins
Location Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 11' 33.07" N, 138° 54' 17.68" E
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Added to Jcastle 2014
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2014
Admin Visits June 20, 2014

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16 months ago
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I went here this weekend. I had a lovely time. I thought this site was fantastic. Considering you went in June it probably wasn't worth persevering. The recommended route is to go up from the lefthand side when approaching the temple and climb the hill via the cemetery there. There are signposts and some stairways with handrails all made of wood. This route takes one by several smartly delineated moats, both karabori and tatebori. The karabori to the rear of the main bailey is wide, and the tatebori are impressive. The site is currently being maintained. There are several rear baileys with smaller tatebori and which terminate in a double horikiri. The karabori shown above is perhaps an augmented natural feature, and there are more obvious karabori throughout the site. I really liked the expansiveness of this site, and there's also considerable hori and some dorui to appreciated. A map helps a lot. There's a hidden waterfall and stuff too.