Sagae Castle[Castle Special Topic Japanese History]

寒河江城/アクセス・場所・地図 最上義光により城を追われた寒河江氏の居城 寒河江城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

[Castle name]
Sagae Castle
Sagae’s castle who was chased by Mogami Yoshiaki

[ Description]
Sagae Castle is a castle on the palins in Sagae city, Yamagata Prefecture.
It was reported that it was the hero of “Oeno chikahiro” who built a mansion in this area, “Oeno Hiromoto”. In 3rd Era of Joukyu, founders sided with the retired emperor. It seems that they lost their lives in Sagae bay when they lost this battle.

寒河江城/アクセス・場所・地図 最上義光により城を追われた寒河江氏の居城 寒河江城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

After that, a family member involved in a series of revolt by the Kamakura Shogunate, Building the foundation of Sagae Castle when disfavor to the clan is solved. It is believed to have appointed the first generation of Sagae clan.
During the Muromachi Period the castle was expanded, outer citadel and outermost region of castle were built and transformed into a castle on the plains.

When entering the age of warring States, the castle was expanded also into formation of the castle town. Eiroku 3rd year (1560), Although Mogami Yoshimori and Yoshimitsu were attacked, they are fought off stunningly. However, it was also attacked by other clans such as Kasanaru Mogami’s attacks and the neighboring Tendou, finally they were forced to leave the main fort.

寒河江城/アクセス・場所・地図 最上義光により城を追われた寒河江氏の居城 寒河江城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

Tensho 12th year (1584), Sagae was eventually destroyed by “Mogami Yoshiaki”. It was a temporary jurisdiction of Yoshimitsu for a while, but then heir “Yoshiyasu” entered the city. In the battle of the Sekigahara of Keicho 5th year (1600), “Uesugi Kagekatsu’s” chief vassal “Naoe Kanetsugu” took advantage of “Aiza war” and assaulted them.

When the West Army led by Mitsunari Ishida is defeated at the Battle of Sekigahara, The Uesugi Army, which came under Ishida, started withdrawing one after another and Sagae Castle again belonged to Mogami clan. Yoshiyasu’s younger brother “Mogami Iechika” became the castle owner in Kei 7 (1602), but when the head moved to Yamagata Castle, “Sagae Hizen” was appointed at 27 thousand Jewels.

寒河江城/アクセス・場所・地図 最上義光により城を追われた寒河江氏の居城 寒河江城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

When Keicho 19th year (1614), Mogami Yoshiaki died due to disease, “Sagae Hizen” followed right after him and died. Sagae Castle again belonged to Mogami Clan. Afterwards Mogami clan renovated the house and when Torii clan was appointed to the castle, Sagae Castle left the main fort and was destroyed.

Currently most of the castle is a residential area and elementary school. Only stone monuments and moat marks remain. In addition, the Tatsumi gate in outermost region of the castle has been relocated as a mountain gate of Sumieji.

1-3-11 Marunouchi Sagae City, Yamagata Prefecture 991-0023


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