Chikuma Awaji Castle
Unrelated to nearby Kushikijō (the two sites are almost next door), Awajijō was actually built later, in the Edo Period, from 1613. The "castle" was essentially a residence of a minor lord, something-or-other Awaji, who was enfeoffed with 80,000 koku worth of land by Ogasawara Hidemasa the magnaminous. It is better described as a yakata, a fortified manor house, perhaps, rather than a castle. Scant ruins remain.
I found no ruins of Awajijō but I did find a stone marker. Someone online, a much more intrepid fellow than myself clearly, said he found trench remains ("to the east"). The back of the site is bordered by a small river and so perhaps that's where he found them but I couldn't get around to there. The site is now farmland and houses.
There are lots of castle fans who blog in detail about their adventures. There is a surprising amount of information on this ruin on the blogs of Ranmaru and Travel-Shingen. If anyone cares to they can read more about the castle from these chaps. It's all in Japanese of course. I present the basic information here.
|English Name||Chikuma Awaji Castle|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Access||Endou Station on the Kamikouchi Line; walk 10 minutes|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 11' 44.59" N, 137° 50' 58.70" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|