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Hachigata Castle

Hachigata Castle (鉢形城), located in Yorii-machi, Saitama Prefecture, is a hilltop castle (山城 yamashirō) that formed a natural fortress between the Arakawa River and the Fukazawa River. Modern-day Yorii is an important traffic hub where JR Hachikō Line, Tōbu Tōjō Line and Chichibu Railway intersect, and Kanetsu Expressway runs nearby. In the Middle Ages, it played an important role not only as an administrative center to control the Northern Kantō area along the Kamakura Highway by linking Kozuke (present-day Gunma Prefecture) and Musashi (present-day Saitama and Tōkyō), but also as a bastion against Echigo (modern-day Niigata Prefecture, then the heartland of the Uesugi clan) and Shinano (controlled by the Takeda, present-day Nagano Prefecture).

Nagao Kageharu (長尾景春, 1443-1514), a vassal of the Yamanouchi Uesugi clan, constructed...
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