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"Kōjōezu (picture in Edo Period)" from 国立国会図書館

Collected by the Inagaki family, the Toba Daimyō from the mid-Edo period to the Meiji Restoration, as materials for military studies. There are about 350 illustrations, but there is no uniformity because only illustrations of castles, illustrations including castle towns, and old battlefield illustrations are mixed.

Another typical example of castle picture in the Edo period exists, "The Shōhō Shiroezu", picture of the castle and castle town that the Edo Shogunate ordered the daimyō to create and submit,aggregating military information such as the buildings inside the castle, the height of the stone wall, the width of the moat and the water depth, etc., it also details the location and shape of the castle town and the mountain river.

Profile : Ōtaki Castle Ruins

LocationŌtaki City, Chiba Prefecture
Also known asOdaki Castle
Type of castleFlatland
Mountain's name
ConditionReconstructed main keep
Designation Chiba Prefecture Historic Sites
Year built1521
Castle lordMariyatsu Nobukiyo
Refurbishment lordHonda Tadakatsu
Portrait of Honda Tadakatsu from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Honda Clan from "Bukan Complete Works" (produced by CODH) adapted from "Classical Japanese National Data Set" (Kokubunken Collection)

The family crest was originally created from the pattern that the emperor and the royal family put on the kimono, and the pattern was made into a fixed pattern, and the one attached to his own oxcart is said to be the beginning of the family crest. The warlords drew large crests on the flag-fingers, used to distinguish enemy views on the battlefield, and used by the generals to determine which warlords were active and how much.

Ōtaki Castle admission

admission fee : 200yen (Adult)  100yen(above high school students)  free (over 65y, junior and elementary school students)
admission time : am9-pm4.30
closing period : every Monday  December 26 - January 4 ※temporary closure may take place    reference official site

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Ōtaki Castle Images 

The main keep was reconstructed in 1975.

The current territory of Chiba Prefecture was given to Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1590, and Honda Tadakatsu, Ieyasu's vassal, became the lord of this castle, and Ōtaki Clan were established for 100,000 stones level. Using the terrace facing the Isumi River to the south, Honmaru, Ninomaru, and Sannomaru were laid out on a peninsular plateau, and each Kuruwas were divided by trench. A moat surrounded the east and south of Sannomaru.
Honda Tadakatsu is a warlord of the Warring States period, called "the Tokugawa Shitennō". He carried out rushing work to prevent Satomi Clan from going north, made a major renovation into a modern castle with a main keep on three level/four floors, and built a castle town at the foot of the castle.

"Tokugawa Shitennō" is the name given to the four warlords of Sakai Tadatsugu, Sakakibara Yasumasa, Ii Naomasa and Honda Tadakatsu who served as an aide of Tokugawa Ieyasu and made a great contribution to the establishment of the Edo Shogunate.
It was in 1609 that the distress incident that triggered the improvement of these three countries occurred among Japan, Spain and Mexico, which was a Spanish territory at that time.

Former Spanish Secretary of the Philippine Islands "Don Rodrigo" finished his term, and was caught in a storm on the way back from Manila to his then-territory Mexico, and the ship stranded aboard. It was on the Pacific coast about 20 km east of Ōtaki Castle. Upon hearing this, the villagers rushed to rescue 317 of the 373 crew members and protect them generously. Ōtaki Castle owner, Honda Tadatomo, also took an understandable measure, made the crew stay at temple in the village, gave them food and clothing, and invited Rodrigo to the castle. It is said that Rodrigo had an audience with Tokugawa Ieyasu in Edo Castle because of the enthusiastic owner of the castle.
Rodrigo wrote in "The Nihon Kenbunroku" that Otaki Castle is magnificent. After that, Ōtaki Castle survived until the end of the Edo period as the residence of "Fudai daimyō"(hereditary vassals).
A single-track Isumi railroad that is overwhelmingly supported by railway fans

You can enjoy the local rail journey in all four seasons but especially highly recomended in the spring, rape blossoms bloom about 15 km along the line. Also in autumn, as a way to access the Yoro Valley, which is famous for its autumn leaves.

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