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Kasama Castle

Kasama Castle
(Hitachi Province/Ibaraki Prefecture)

It is said that Utsunomiya-jo's roots date back to the Heian period, when the Utsunomiya clan ruled the castle. Through the Kamakura and Muromachi periods, and then in Sengoku period, the Utsunomiya clan greatly expanded their territories and ruled the castle as a Sengoku Daimyo. After defending against the Sagami Hojo clan, the Utsunomiya clan was rewarded for participating in attacking Sagami Hojo, but were suddenly stripped of their castle by Hideyoshi Toyotomi.
After that came Gamou/Okudaira clan, Masazumi Honda as the ruler, but thereafter stripped again for the suspicion of assassinating Hidetada Tokugawa (Suspended Ceiling Incident at Utsunomiya-jo). During the Boshin war in the late Tokugawa Shogunate, the castle became the stage of many fierce battles.
It is now fitted as a castle park, and the fields and turrets are restored.

(2007/10/8 、2013/6/9 )

Kasama Castle
The ruins of Sennin-damari
Kasama Castle The ruins of Sennin-damari
The ruins of main enclosure
Kasama Castle The ruins of main enclosure
The ruins of main tower
Kasama Castle The ruins of main tower
Relocated turret (Shinjo temple)
Kasama Castle Relocated turret (Shinjo temple)
Relocated gate 1
Kasama Castle Relocated gate 1
Relocated gate 2
Kasama Castle Relocated gate 2


Hitachi Province
Mito Castle
Kasama Castle
Tsuchiura Castle
Obata Castle
Nukata Castle
Makabe Castle
Oda Castle
Fuchu Castle
Kihara Castle
Ushiku Castle

Ibaraki Prefecture
Mito Castle
Kasama Castle
Tsuchiura Castle
Obata Castle
Nukata Castle
Makabe Castle
Oda Castle
Fuchu Castle
Kihara Castle
Ushiku Castle
Koga Castle
Sakai Castle
Moriya Castle

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Kasama Castle The ruins of Sennin-damari

The ruins of Sennin-damari



Kasama Castle The ruins of main enclosure

The ruins of main enclosure



Kasama Castle The ruins of main tower

The ruins of main tower



Kasama Castle Relocated turret (Shinjo temple)

Relocated turret (Shinjo temple)



Kasama Castle Relocated gate 1

Relocated gate 1



Kasama Castle Relocated gate 2

Relocated gate 2




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