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Moto Sakura Castle
Inba District, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Motosakura castle.jpg
Earthwork of Moto Sakura Castle
Type Hirayama-style castle
Coordinates Latitude:
Longitude:
Built ?
Built by Furuta Shigeharu
Demolished 1615
Current
condition
ruins
Current
owner
Chiba clan, Later Hōjō clan

Moto Sakura Castle (本佐倉城 Moto Sakura-jō?) was a castle structure in Inba District, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

History[]

Makuwari Yasutane attacked Chiba castle, defeating the Chiba clan in 1455. After that he built this castle. He took the Chiba name, and the family continued to rule in the area, in the castle, allied with the Hojo. The Hojo clan and Chiba worked together to fend off rival clans, and the Hojo added substantial works to the castle. The Chiba clan ruled the castle until the Hojo fell from power after the Battle of Odawara in 1590. The castle was abandoned when the Tokugawa moved to Edo. [1] The castle was abandoned when Doi Toshikatsu built Sakura Castle.[2]

Map of Motosakura Castle

Current[]

The castle is now only ruins, with some moats and earthworks.[3] In 2017, the castle was listed as one of the Continued Top 100 Japanese Castles.[4]

Access[]

About 10 minutes walk from Ōsakura Station[2]

Photos[]

References[]

  1. "本佐倉城" (in Japanese). 酒々井町教育委員会 Official. https://www.town.shisui.chiba.jp/static/chunk0001/road_and_guidepost/motosaku/motosaku.html. Retrieved 10 August 2019. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "本佐倉城" (in Japanese). Chiba Prefecture official. https://maruchiba.jp/sys/data/index/page/id/5906. Retrieved 10 August 2019. 
  3. "本佐倉城跡" (in Japanese). 攻城団. https://kojodan.jp/castle/459/. Retrieved 25 July 2019. 
  4. "続日本100名城" (in Japanese). 日本城郭協会. http://jokaku.jp/japan-top-100-castles/best-100-castles-of-japan-2nd-selection/. Retrieved 25 July 2019. 

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