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==History==
 
==History==
Hachiōji Castle was built in the 1570s by [[Hōjō Ujiteru]]. It was constructed on a mountain, with many features located in strategic positions to deter an enemy force. Ujiteru left only 1,300 men behind at Hachiōji Castle when he went to help lift the [[Siege of Odawara (1590)]], which had been surrounded by [[Toyotomi Hideyoshi]]. Shortly thereafter, on June 23, 1590, more of Hideyoshi's forces, numbering 50,000 and led by [[Maeda Toshiie]] and [[Uesugi Kagekatsu]], arrived to take the castle, which fell in just one day.<ref>[http://www.city.hachioji.tokyo.jp/languages/english/sightseeing/hachiojicastle.html Ruins of Hachioji Castle|八王子市]</ref> Hideyoshi then commanded that the castle be destroyed, as he worried that it could be used against him. For years afterwards, the site remained abandoned because it was believed to be haunted.<ref>[https://archive.is/20120629212600/search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fv20040917a1.html Shiroyama bravely battles on | The Japan Times Online]</ref>
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Hachiōji Castle was built in the 1570s by [[Hōjō Ujiteru]]. It was constructed on a mountain, with many features located in strategic positions to deter an enemy force. Ujiteru left only 1,300 men behind at Hachiōji Castle when he went to help lift the [[Siege of Odawara (1590)]], which had been surrounded by [[Toyotomi Hideyoshi]]. Shortly thereafter, on June 23, 1590, more of Hideyoshi's forces, numbering 50,000 and led by [[Maeda Toshiie]] and [[Uesugi Kagekatsu]], arrived to take the castle, which fell in just one day.<ref>[http://www.city.hachioji.tokyo.jp/languages/english/sightseeing/hachiojicastle.html Ruins of Hachioji Castle|八王子市<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref> Hideyoshi then commanded that the castle be destroyed, as he worried that it could be used against him. For years afterwards, the site remained abandoned because it was believed to be haunted.<ref>[https://archive.is/20120629212600/search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fv20040917a1.html Shiroyama bravely battles on | The Japan Times Online<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref>
   
 
==Today==
 
==Today==
The castle now lies in ruins, although in 1990 some stone walls, a bridge across a moat, and the entrance to the lord's palace were rebuilt.<ref>[http://www.jcastle.info/castle/profile/41-Hachioji-Castle Hachioji Castle]</ref> The national government has constructed a tunnel for the [[Ken-Ō Expressway]] through the mountain on which the castle is located.<ref>[http://www.t-net.ne.jp/~keally/Fieldtrips/Castles/castles.html Castles of the Oishi Clan]</ref>
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The castle now lies in ruins, although in 1990 some stone walls, a bridge across a moat, and the entrance to the lord's palace were rebuilt.<ref>[http://www.jcastle.info/castle/profile/41-Hachioji-Castle Hachioji Castle<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref> The national government has constructed a tunnel for the [[Ken-Ō Expressway]] through the mountain on which the castle is located.<ref>[http://www.t-net.ne.jp/~keally/Fieldtrips/Castles/castles.html Castles of the Oishi Clan<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref>
   
 
==References==
 
==References==

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