Siege of Shika Castle

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Siege of Shika Castle
Part of the Sengoku period
Date 1546-1547
Location Shika castle, Shinano Province, Japan
Result Siege succeeds; Takeda victory
Castle falls to Takeda Shingen
forces of Takeda Shingen castle garrison
Commanders and leaders
Takeda Shingen Kasahara Kiyoshige
3000 2600

The siege of Shika castle, spanning the years 1546 to 1547, was one of many battles fought in Takeda Shingen's bid to seize control of Shinano Province. Having just defeated Uesugi Norimasa at the battle of Odaihara, Shingen made use of 300 severed heads obtained at that battle to intimidate Shika's garrison. He displayed the heads prominently outside the besieged castle until Kasahara Kiyoshige surrendered.


  • Turnbull, Stephen (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. London: Cassell & Co.