Akagi Kita Castle

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History

Akagi-kitajō is twinned with Akagi-minamijō to the south, "kita" being "north" and "minami" being "south" in Japanese (although usually cardinal directions come before the place name?). They were the medieval fortresses and residences of the Akagi Clan.

Visit Notes

Akagi-kitajō was for me the more interesting of the twin Akagi castles, although they're about the same size. Akagi-kitajō has a large, deep karabori (dry moat) running around it on three sides, about 12m wide. To the north is a small river and a reservoir. A dobashi (earthen bridge) grants access to the main enclosure. The site is largely overgrown today, adjacent to a temple and surrounded by fields. Some of these fields have been taken over by creeping ivy which has climbed things and created strange shapes. One spectral figure has its arms stretched out, crucified, with a stump of a neck. Crows were gathering and a mad peasant was raving in an orchard. Despite my deep attraction to the site, I could not ignore a growing sense of foreboding. The main bailey was choked with ivy, bamboo and chestnut burrs which made progress impossible.


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Castle Profile
English Name Akagi Kita Castle
Japanese Name 赤木北城
Founder Akagi Clan
Year Founded Kamakura Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Murai Station on the Chuo Line; 35 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 9' 45.58" N, 137° 58' 24.31" E
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Contributor ART
Added to Jcastle 2020


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