Kuma Castle 熊城
|Admin's Rating||★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆|
|Location||Kofu, Yamanashi Pref.|
|Access||Kofu Sta. (Chou Main line), 20 min bus to Sekisuiji Onsen; hike 120 mins|
|Visited||March 18, 2017|
|Visitor Info.||mountain trails, open any time; hike there via Yogaisan Castle | Time Required: 90 mins|
|Notes||The best route to get here is via Yogaisan Castle. The trail is about a 30 minute walk past the end of Yogaisan Castle. It is a somewhat treacherous walk down a narrow ridge. There is no map nor trail. There are also bears around this mountain so you need to be careful. The site is quite interesting and fun in that it is a challenge but I can't recommend this castle to anyone unfamiliar with hiking Japanese mountains without trails or anyone hiking alone. Trekking pole, gloves, good hiking shoes and a bear bell are all required.|
|History||Kuma Castle was built for the defense of Yogaisan Castle, which was the castle built to defend the Takeda's home castle of Tsutsujigasaki and to be a refuge during times of siege. The castle was abandoned with the demise of the Takeda.|
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Kofu, Yamanashi Pref.