Nanao Castle 七尾城
Founder Hatakeyama Mitsunori
Year 1428/29 (?)
Type Mountaintop
Condition Ruins
Alternate Name Matsuo-jo
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Historical Site National Historic Site
Historical Value Top 100 Castles
Location Nanao City, Ishikawa Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Nanao Sta, Nanao Line; 5km (take a taxi)
Website Nanao City Sightseeing
Visited June 12, 2006
Notes A very nice mountaintop ruin, signs and walking trails display all the major locations. You can easily see all the main structures of the castle and many stone walls remain. It's best to take a taxi and ask them to pick you up again in an hour or 2. There is a nice view from the Honmaru (central bailey) at the top so pack a lunch and enjoy the outdoors.

The Hatakeyama built up and fortified Nanao Castle so that in its prime it was one of the 5 strongest mountaintop castles in Japan. Eventually the castle fell to Uesugi Shingen in 1577 after a long protracted battle. This battle escalated the fighting between Oda Nobunaga and Uesugi. After the Uesugi were defeated and Maeda Toshiie took control of this area he built a new castle in Nanao city, but instead of making use of the ruins of this Nanao Castle he built one at Komaruyama, closer to the city center. Recent excavations show that Nanao castle was even larger than previously believed and they are considering expanding the historical site.

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  • rebolforces on My Page    November 18, 2013 at 09:14 AM
    Nanao Castle Museum at base is small but has a few nice pieces of excavated finds. The grass roofed building next to it has traditional furniture, household items and a painted scene of a castle encampment. Will need to return to better explore the ruins. Was very cold and windy on the path.
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