Kasama Castle 笠間城
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆|
|Location||Kasama, Ibaraki Pref.|
|Access||Kasama Sta (Mito Line); 50 min walk|
|Website||Kasama City Tourism|
|Visited||May 4, 2011|
|History||At the age of 16, Utsunomiya Tokitomo became lord of the Kasama area and changed his name to Kasama. He spent 16 years building up the original Kasama Castle, completing it in 1235. Many details of the Kasama clan are not well known, but it seems that they ruled over the area form Kasama Castle until the end of the Sengoku Period. In 1591, Kasama Tsunaie refused the summons from the Utsunomiya clan to go to the battle at Odawara so the Kasama clan was replaced by Tamanyu Katsumasa. After Ieyasu moved to Edo, the lord of Kasama Castle changed frequently. In particular the Gamo and Asano made modifications to the castle to make it more modern. Kasama Castle is rare among the Sengoku Period mountaintop castles because it lasted through the Edo Period without being abandoned, moved or entirely rebuilt in the Edo Period. Perhaps that is a sign of how well it was designed, deftly using of the terrain to its tactical advantage. It is also rare in the Kanto region for its stone walls.|
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Kasama, Ibaraki Pref.