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Hachigata Castle Ruins

A must-see for a history buff! Ruins of an impregnable castle representing Kanto in the Sengoku Period.

Historical and cultural facilities

Located on a cliff between the Arakawa River and the Fukazawa River in Yorii-machi, Saitama Prefecture, Hachigata Castle was built in 1476 by Nagao Kageharu, a vassal of the Yamanouchi Uesugi clan, who was in charge of the Kanto region.

Hachigata area was a natural fortress built on a precipice between rivers, and was known as a solid castle that defeated both Shingen Takeda and Kenshin Uesugi. It is one of the largest castles in the Kanto region, and is counted as one of the 100 best castles in Japan as a representative castle of the Sengoku period.

Many of the moats and earthworks have been preserved in their original forms, and the remains of stone earthworks, gates, stairs, and garden ponds that were discovered during excavations have been restored. In addition, some of the stone walls remain, making it a popular castle site where visitors can experience firsthand the footprints of the Sengoku period.

There is also a "Hachigata Castle History Museum" where you can learn and experience the history of Hachigata Castle through video and other media, and the highlight of the museum is a diorama that beautifully reproduces Hachigata Castle in its original state. We also recommend the guided tours of the castle ruins by volunteer guides. (Free of charge, advance reservation must be made).

Highlights

  • One of the largest castle ruins in the Kanto region.
  • Also the castle is one of the 100 best castles in Japan.
  • Many of the moats and earthworks have been preserved in their original form. So you can understand from experience the footprints of the Sengoku period.
  • The "Hachigata Castle History Museum" is a place where you can learn and experience the history of Hachigata Castle through video and other media.
  • The highlight of the museum is a diorama that beautifully recreates the Hachigata Castle of that time.

Photos

  • A complete view of Hachigata Castle
  • The second castle moat and earthwork as castle borderline
  • Hachigata Castle History Museum
  • Diorama in the Hachigata Castle History Museum
  • The kuruwa(castle district borderline) of Hachigata Castle and the Arakawa River
  • Reconstructed Quadruped Gate

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Details

Name in Japanese
鉢形城跡
Postal Code
369-1224
Address
2496-2, Oji Hachigata, Yoriimachi, Saitama
Telephone
048-586-0315 (Hachigata Castle History Museum)
Admission
<Hachigata Castle Park> Free of charge, <Hachigata Castle History Museum> Adults 200 yen, High school and university students 100 yen
Free for those over 70 years old and junior high school students and younger.
Regular holiday
<Hachigata Castle Park> Open every day, <Hachigata Castle History Museum> Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday), year-end and New Year holidays
Opening hours
9:30am - 4:30pm (Hachigata Castle History Museum)
Access
25 min. walk from Yorii Station on Chichibu Railway, Tobu Tojo Line, or JR Hachiko Line.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)