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Ogura Castle

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Ogura Castle (小倉城) is a Sengoku-era hilltop castle located in Tokigawa Town, Saitama Prefecture. It stretched over three mountain ridges and was situated just 600 meters from the Tsuki River, forming a natural stronghold that allowed to monitor the traffic on the river. It was fortified with elaborate stonewalls, an unusual feat for most Sengoku castles in the Chichibu region.

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The map is based on Google Earth. The location of the enclosures may not be completely accurate.

It is not quite clear who constructed the original castle. Some claim it was Toyama Mitsukage (遠山光影), a vassal of the Hōjō, whose family were also castelans of Edo Castle, while others say it was the Ueda clan, the lords of Matsuyama Castle, retainers of the Ōgigayatsu Uesugi.

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