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Siege of Ōtate
Part of the Sengoku period
DateMarch 17, 1578
LocationŌtate castle, Echigo province, Japan
Result Siege successful; Uesugi Kagekatsu victorious
forces of Uesugi Kagetora forces of Uesugi Kagekatsu
Commanders and leaders
Uesugi Kagetora Uesugi Kagekatsu

The 1578 siege of Ōtate took place following the sudden death of Uesugi Kenshin, one of Japan's greatest warlords. Kenshin had requested that the inheritance be split between his nephew, Uesugi Kagekatsu, and his adopted son Uesugi Kagetora.

Thus, on March 17, 1578, Uesugi Kagekatsu led a force from his castle at Kasugayama to besiege his cousin's Ōtate castle. The castle fell, Kagetora committed seppuku, and Kagekatsu claimed the full inheritance.


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