Ushigome Castle




Oogo Shigeyuki was a member of the Oogo family supporting the Ogigayatsu Uesugi in Gunma. Shigeyuki moved to Edo and gave his support to the Hojo. His son, Katsuyuki, was given some landholdings that stretched from Ushigome (modern day Kagurazaka) to Akasaka and Hibiya. He changed the family name to Ushigome after the name of the Ushigome area where his residence was located. After the fall of the Hojo, Ushigome were allied with the Tokugawa but the castle was abandoned. The Koshoji Temple was built on this site in 1645. No remains of the castle have been uncovered on this site.

Visit Notes

Even though it's called a hilltop castle in the sources I searched, it was most likely a simple Fortified Manor. The castle ruins are on the site of the Koshoji Temple. There are signs saying "no photography" but I don't know what there is to actually photograph apart from the very small and not very photogenic temple. I assumed it was the graveyard which had some very old looking graves and statues.

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Castle Profile
English Name Ushigome Castle
Japanese Name 牛込城
Founder Oogo Katsuyuki (Ushigome Katsuyuki)
Year Founded 1532-155
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Ushigome Kagurazaka Sta. (Oedo Line); 5 min walk
Visitor Information
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Tokyo, Tokyo
Coordinates 35° 42' 1.37" N, 139° 44' 17.74" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2018
Admin Visits December 9, 2018
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