Kasumi Castle 霞城
Founder Ohmuro
Year unknown
Type Mountaintop
Condition Ruins
Alternate Name Ohmuro-jo
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Location Nagano, Nagano Pref.
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Access Nagano Sta.; Bus to Kawanakajima Battlefield, 50 min walk.
Visited December 2016
Visitor Info. You can rent electric bicycles (or regular bicycles) at Matsushiro and easily visit Kasumi Castle or Kawanakajima from there. Avoid the middle of summer. The weeds will probably be too thick to see the stone walls well. | Time Required: 60 mins
Notes The castle is on the end of a ridge overlooking the plain where the Battles of Kawanakajima took place. It is a steep but short 10 minute climb to the top and well worth the visit. You don't find this extensive mountaintop stonework in such an accessible location elsewhere.
History It's unknown when the castle was established but it was likely built by the Ohmuro clan who were long time local lords. After the fall of the Takeda in 1582, the Ohmuro briefly switched allegiance to Nobunaga's ally Mori Nagayoshi. When Nobunaga died shortly afterwards the Ohmuro allied with Uesugi Kagekatsu. The castle was likely abandoned when the Ohmuro moved to Aizu with Uesugi Kagekatsu in 1598.
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Nagano, Nagano Pref.
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Third Bailey Trail up the mountain
Trail up the mountain