What's new

Castle Sugaya Castle

This article is in the series Walking the Japanese Castles
Leave a rating
Sugaya Castle (菅谷城) is located in Ranzan, Hiki District, in Saitama Prefecture and allegedly the site of the former residence of Hatakeyama Shigetada, an important retainer of the Kamakura Shogunate in the early Kamakura period (1185-1333). The castle was designated a National Historic Site in 1973 and has been added to the "Continued 100 Finest Castles of Japan" (続日本100名城) on 120th position in April 2017.

The castle is situated close to the confluence of the Tsukigawa and the Tokigawa River, a large tributary of the Arakawa River. Its location was of strategic and commercial importance, not only because goods were transported on the river, but also due to its vicinity to the Kamakura Kaidō (鎌倉街道), a meshwork of roads connecting the capital Kamakura to various locations in the Kantō region.

Later, the castle played a role in the Chōkyō Revolt (長享の乱, 1487-1505), a conflict between the Yamauchi Uesugi clan, who held the office of kantō kanrei (shogunal deputies), and the Ogigayatsu Uesugi clan. It is assumed that the Hōjō clan used Sugaya Castle after they had driven out Uesugi Kenshin from the region.

The castle lies on a terrace overlooking the Tokigawa River on its southern side.


I took the car to the Historical Museum Of Ranzan (埼玉県立嵐山史跡の博物館) next to the castle site. The museum exhibits maps of the castles in the Hiki Hills, including Sugiyama and Ogura Castle.

Earthworks and dried moats are still visible.


The site of the former main enclosure


I imagined the castle of a local lord in the Middle Ages to be much smaller. However, it took me quite some time to pace the castle grounds which measure about 400 metres on each side.



A statue of Hatakeyama Shigetada (1164-1205), a descendant of the Chichibu clan and an influential retainer of the Kamakura Shogunate


Access Information

  • Address Sugaya, Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama
  • Transportation 20 minutes from Tobu Tojo line Musashi-Ranzan station on foot
    5km from Kanetsu Expressway Ranzan-Ogawa IC via National Route 296
  • Other sights Historical Museum of Ranzan, Sugiyama Castle, Ogura Castle
Next article in the series 'Walking the Japanese Castles': Sugiyama Castle
Previous article in the series 'Walking the Japanese Castles': Ogura Castle
About author
Hiroto Uehara
Hiroto is an ordinary Japanese office worker, but his true mission is searching for castles on the weekend.


There are no comments to display.

Series table of contents

Iwatsuki Castle Shakujii Castle Oda Castle Tsuchiura Castle Miharu Castle Inohana Castle Setagaya Castle Konodai Castle Usui Castle Sakura Castle Kozukue Castle Masugata Castle Koga Castle Tenjinyama Castle Ogura Castle Sugaya Castle Sugiyama Castle Kogane Castle Kokokuji Castle Nagahama Castle (Izu) Nirayama Castle Hachigata Castle Futagamiyama Castle Edo Castle Kawahara Castle Kageishi Castle Wakasa-Onigajo Castle Tenjinyama Castle (Tottori) Tsuzurao Castle Ueshi Castle Jindaiji Castle Kururi Castle Mariyatsu Castle Narukami Castle Ryozen Castle Kori-Nishiyama Castle Tsutsujigasaki Residence Yogai Castle Kofu Castle Iwadono Castle Hachioji Castle Takiyama Castle Suemori Castle Nagoya Castle Inuyama Castle Kiyosu Castle Tatebayashi Castle Sano Castle Karasawayama Castle Ueda Castle Sanada Residence Sanada Honjo Toishi Castle Katsurao Castle Uchiyama Castle Hiraga Clan Castle Taguchi Castle Tatsuoka Castle Komoro Castle Matsushiro Castle Kajiki Castle Kakuto Castle Hitoyoshi Castle Ichiuji Castle Izaku Castle Chiran Castle Kiyoshiki Castle Kamo Castle Miyakono Castle Obi Castle Shibushi Castle Koyama Castle Mukasa Castle Sadowara Castle Tonokoori Castle Taka Castle Nerima Castle Kawagoe Castle Ashikaga Residence Koizumi Castle Kanayama Castle Shinagawa Battery (Odaiba) Tamba Kameyama Castle Yagi Castle Sonobe Castle Fushimi Castle Yodo Castle Shoryuji Castle Yamazaki Castle Tsukui Castle Katakura Castle Hirayama Castle Site Park Yamanaka Castle Sanuki Castle Sunpu Castle Koyama Castle (Shizuoka) Ryugenzan Castle Sagara Castle Tanaka Castle (Shizuoka) Ishiwaki Castle Hanazawa Castle Mochifune Castle Moriyama Castle (Aichi) Obata Castle (Aichi) Ryusenji Castle Gakuden Castle Komakiyama Castle Iwakura Castle (Aichi) Kano Castle Gifu Castle Kitagata Castle Sone Castle Ōgaki Castle Ōtaki Castle Obata Castle (Ibaraki) Mito Castle Kasama Castle Tanagura Castle Akadate Castle Inawashiro Castle Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle Mukai-Haguroyama Castle

Article information

Hiroto Uehara
Article read time
2 min read
Last update

More in Saitama

More from Hiroto Uehara

Top Bottom