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Wakimoto Castle ruins seen from the sky

A mountaintop castle built on the Oibanazaki Hills at the base of the Oga Peninsula facing the Sea of ​​Japan.

Profile : Wakimoto Castle

LocationOga City, Akita Prefecture
Also known asOibana Castle, Taihei Castle
Type of castleMountaintop
Mountain's nameOibanazaki Hill
Elevationabout 100m
Designation National Historic Sites
Year builtUnknown
Castle lordUnknown
Refurbishment lordAndō Chikasue
Portrait of Andō Chikasue from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Andō Clan from Wikipedia

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.

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The part of "Uchidate"

The person who built Wakimoto Castle and when it was built are unknown, but it is estimated that it was functioning around the 15th century from the excavated material. Later, at the end of the 16th century, Andō Chikasue renovated Wakimoto Castle and moved its headquarters. In the days of Chikasue, Andō Clan expanded his power as a Sengoku Daimyō, and under the Toyotomi administration, he became the daimyō of 52000 levels in Akita region, who was based in Minato Castle.
The castle area consisted of three parts called the "Uchidate", "Umanoriba", and "Kabutogasaki". The main section placed in the "Uchidate" is divided into three parts by partition earthworks, It is estimated that there was a residence of the castle owner here. In addition, the "Umanoriba" to the north of the "Uchidate" is believed to be where the castle hall, which was the prototype of the castle, was located.
you can see that many remains remain in good condition even after hundreds of years of construction on the vast site and enjoy the spectacular view of the Sea of ​​Japan.


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