Hakusan Castle 白山城
Founder Takeda Nobuyoshi (?)
Takeda
Year mid 12th C.
Type Mountaintop
Condition Ruins
Alternate Name Nabeyama Toride
Admin's Rating ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Historical Site National Historic Site
Location Nirasaki, Yamanashi Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Nirakasaki Sta. 50 min walk
Visited October 12, 2015
Visitor Info. mountain castle, open anytime. | Time Required: 75 mins
Notes この城は堀、土塁、虎口、郭などがよくわかるので登城するのが楽しいお城です。土の城のビギナーでもよく楽しめる城跡です。もうちょっと説明版があったらなおさら勉強になるでしょう。

韮崎駅から武田八幡宮までのバスもあるようですが、本数が少ないのでよく計画して行ってください。今回は獅子吼城を訪れた後で韮崎駅に戻ったらバスに間に合わなかったため、タクシーで白山神社まで行って、歩いて帰りました。また行く機会があれば武田八幡神社から登って白山神社に降りてから歩いて帰るとおもいます。途中で富士山の絶景も楽しめます。あるブログでも書いてあったし、一人の現地の方にも言われましたが、このあたりはクマが出没するので、クマ鈴をつけたり、他の人と一緒に行ったりして注意した方がいいそうです。私はクマ鈴をつけていきました。でもクマより私はヘビを二カ所で見た時はマムシではないかと心配してクマよりちょっと怖かったです。

 
History It's often said that Hakusan Castle was built by Takeda Nobuyoshi as a defensive position for his home just over a kilometer away. Many castles or seats of power from this time period are actually comprised of a home or palace on lower ground and a nearby mountain castle for times of unrest. Perhaps he founded some castle on this site, but from looking at the design and remnants you see today it is very much a Sengoku Period mountain castle. Given the position and style it was likely reformed or completely rebuilt by Aoki Nobutane in the defensive line from Hakusan Castle to Shinpu Castle to Noumi Castle. After the fall of the Takeda clan when the Tokugawa and Hojo fought for positions around the Yamanashi region, the Tokugawa got Hakusan Castle. The castle was maintained by Yamadera Nobumasa for awhile and was likely part of the Tokugawa Castle network in this region but there are no records of it's history after Yamadera. It was abandoned in the early Edo Period.
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Nirasaki, Yamanashi Pref.
Hakusan Castle views
main bailey Trail entrance
Hakusan Shrine Entrance
second bailey embankments Entrance to the main bailey
Second bailey Trench around the main bailey
Second bailey Trench around the main bailey
Trench around the main bailey Embankment connected to the main bailey
Second bailey Entrance to the main bailey
Embankment around the main bailey Embankment around the main bailey
Earthen embankment Entrance to the main bailey
Obikuruwa bailey Earthen bridge between the first and third baileys
Third bailey Vertical trench (tatebori)
Vertical trench (tatebori) Vertical trench (tatebori)
Vertical trench (tatebori) Trench and embankment of the third bailey
Third bailey Earthen bridge between the first and third baileys
masugata entrance Masugata entrance
Embankment and bailey Trench of the third bailey
Koshiguruwa bailey Earthen embankment
View from narthex castle Mt. Fuji
Map Map