Sugiyama Castle




For such a well fortified caste, there are no historical records that mention Sugiyama Castle. It was once thought to have been built by the Hojo but recent excavations suggest that it was most likely built by Yamanouchi Uesugi. Further, it would not have been necessary for the Hojo to build a castle at this location with so many other fortifications nearby, but it would have been a more valuable location for Yamanouchi to defend against Ougigayatsu Uesugi. The layout of this castle demonstrates an incredibly high level of skill and engineering so it is is likely that the Hojo also had a hand in modifying the fortifications.

Visit Notes

The layout and territory of this castle, including several baileys and moats, are very well preserved so I highly recommend it for castle fans. There are some very good signs explaining sections of the castle and the grounds are well kept making it an enjoyable visit too. The castle is on private property and maintained by volunteers.

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  • Umadashi entrance
  • Oteguchi main entrance
  • entrance to the umasashi
  • outside the Honkuruwa
  • North Entrance to the Honkuruwa
  • Path to the North Third Bailey
  • Horikiri
  • Honkuruwa
  • East Second and Third Baileys
  • Looking out from the Honkuruwa
  • Looking form the South Second Bailey
  • East Third Bailey looking towards the Honkuruwa
  • Moat around the South Second Bailey
  • Moat between the Outer Kuruwa and Dekuruwa
  • Illustration of the Ote Gate
  • Castle map and umadashi illustration

Castle Profile
English Name Sugiyama Castle
Japanese Name 杉山城
Founder Yamanouchi Uesugi
Year Founded 15-16th C.
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Next 100 Castles, Top 100 Mountaintop Castles, National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Musashi Ranzan (Tobu Tojo Line), 45 min walk
Visitor Information
Time Required
Location Ranzan, Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 3' 42.73" N, 139° 18' 46.01" E
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Added to Jcastle 2011
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2010
Admin Visits November 11, 2010

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