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First Siege of Odawara
Part of Sengoku period
Odawara 2006-02-21 c.jpg
One corner tower of Odawara Castle today
Date1561
LocationOdawara Castle, Sagami Province, Japan
Result Uesugi withdrawal, castle town burned
Belligerents
Japanese Crest Uesugi Sasa.svgUesugi clan
Satake.jpgSatake clan
Japanese crest Oota Kikyou.svgŌta clan
Ashikaga mon.svgSatomi clan
Futatsuhikiryo.svgYura clan
Hidari mitsudomoe.svgUtsunomiya clan
Nagano clan
Nasu clan
Oda clan forces
Japanese Crest mitu Uroko.svgHōjō clan forces
Commanders and leaders
Uesugi Kenshin
Uesugi Norimasa
Satake Yoshiaki
Ōta Sukemasa
Nagano Narimasa
Oda Ujiharu
Utsunomiya Hirotsuna
Satomi Yoshihiro
Nasu Suketane
Yura Narishige
Mita Tsunahide
Hōjō Ujiyasu
Strength
90,000-113,000 15,000


The 1561 siege of Odawara, a battle of Japan's Sengoku period, was the first of several sieges which would befall the home castle of the Hōjō clan.

Uesugi Kenshin was at the height of his campaign against the Hōjō clan, as he captured several of their castles. In 1561 he besieged the Hōjō's Odawara Castle. The Uesugi breached the defenses, and burned the castle town. The castle itself however, remained unconquered; Kenshin would withdraw after two months. This came as the result of a lack of adequate supplies, and the reappearance of Takeda Shingen, Kenshin's long-time rival, who was threatening his territories. This ended the first of three sieges of the Odawara castle.

References

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

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