Jofukuji Castle 浄福寺城
|Admin's Rating||★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆|
|Historical Site||Local Historic Site|
|Access||Takao Station (Chuo Line), 10 min bus for Kawaharajuku Ohashi, 18 minute walk|
|Visited||April 15, 2016|
|Visitor Info.||mountain trails open anytime | Time Required: 90 mins|
|History||The history of this castle is very unclear. It is attributed to the Oishi clan because several nearby temples are also attributed to them, but the time period is unknown. The Oishi were vassals of the Kanto governor, the Yamanouchi Uesugi clan. When Hojo Ujiteru was adopted by Oishi Sadashige, it is thought that the first castle he moved into was Jofukuji Castle. Jofukuji Castle is located just north of Hachioji Castle and may have been used as a satellite fortification after Ujiteru moved into Hachioji Castle. The castle was left untouched since Oishi's times making it a valuable example of a mountaintop castle from the Sengoku Period.|
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