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Konodai Castle

When you cross Edo River on Keisei Line toward Chiba, you can see a huge plateau on the opposite bank.

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This is the Kōnodai (国府台) plateau with a long history that not only encompasses a Sengoku-era castle but reaches back to Paleolithic settlements.

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(This map bases on Tokyo Terrain Map powered by gridscapes.net)

The castle is said to have been constructed by Ōta Dōkan (太田道灌, 1432-1486) who established a temporary camp there. Kōnodai turned into an important strategic point between the provinces of Musashi and Shimōsa and into a battleground for the Kantō warlords.

Kōnodai was the scene of the first Battle of Kōnodai (1538) between Hōjō Ujitsuna (北条氏綱, 1487-1541), the son of the founder of the Late Hōjō clan, Hōjō Sōun, and Satomi...
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