Kuma Castle 熊城
Founder Takeda Nobutora
Takeda
Year 1520
Type Mountaintop
Condition Ruins
Admin's Rating ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Location Kofu, Yamanashi Pref.
Map Google Map
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.
Kuma Castle views
Main bailey stonework Horikiri trench
Trail approaching the castle Main bailey and stone wall remains
Horikiri trench Horikiri trench
Horikiri trench Horikiri trench
Bailey Horikiri trench
Horikiri trench Stone walls
Stone wall and embankment remains Main bailey and stone wall remains
Horikiri trench Horikiri trench
Horikiri trench Very fresh looking bear scratches
Stone wall and embankment remains Small side bailey
Bailey Stepped baileys
series of trenches Large vertical trench
Horikiri trench Horikiri trench
Ridgeline Hiking trail down.
Trail Trail