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Usui Castle

Usui Castle (臼井城) is a hilltop castle near present-day Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture. Its ruins are now part of Usui Castle Park.

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The castle is located on a plateau overlooking Lake Imbanuma to the north-east.

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According to legend Usui Tsuneyasu (臼井常安, 1106-1168) founded the castle. The Usui were descendants of the Chiba clan and ruled over the castle until 1561. In that year, Masaki Tokishige (正木時茂, 1513-1561), a retainer of Satomi Yoshitaka, who came to support Uesugi Kenshin in his siege of Odawara, attacked and put Usui Hisatane (臼井久胤) to rout. The castle was then taken over by Hara Tanesada (原胤貞, 1507-1569 or 1575). In 1564, it was attacked by Uesugi Kenshin, whose forces were eventually driven back by a coalition of the Hara, the Chiba and the Hōjō. During Toyotomi Hideyoshi's siege of Odawara Sakai Ietsugu (酒井家次, 1564–1619), a retainer of the Tokugawa,...
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