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Kokokuji Castle

Kokokuji Castle (興国寺城 Kōkokuji-jō, also known as 根古屋城 Negoya-jō) is located in Numazu in Shizuoka Prefecture. It was constructed some time between 1469 and 1487 and given to Hōjō Soun (or Ise Shinkuro at that time) for services rendered to the Imagawa clan. The rise of the Late Hōjō in the Kantō region began right here.

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However, the Hōjō did not rule the castle continuously; when Soun invaded Izu Peninsula in 1491 it was handed over to Imagawa Yoshimoto who later renovated the castle. In the following decades, the castle changed hands several times between the Imagawa, the Hōjō and the Takeda. The Takeda took control of it in 1571, but lost it to Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1582 when Takeda Katsuyori and his clan were ultimately destroyed. In 1590, Ieyasu had to move to Kantō and one of Toyotomi Hideyshi's followers, Nakamura Kazūji (中村 一氏, d. 1600), took residence at Kokōkuji Castle....
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