Chikuma Takasu Castle
Takasujō was built as a "Heitan Kichi", or "Supply Base" (Heitan = Military Logistics; Kichi = Military Base), for the southern border of Ogasawara territory during the Sengoku Period. Beyond here the valley closes shut and there is a mountaintous natural border shutting out the Suwa Valley, so Takasujō would've functioned as a sort of checkpoint or interim base between the Ogasawara's main bases at Fukushijō (Matsumoto Castle) and Hayashiohjo Castle, and their southerly stronghold at Nishijo Castle.
Not much here. I located a trench and the main bailey, as well as a signpost for the castle ruin.
|English Name||Chikuma Takasu Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Shiojiri Station on the Chuo Main Line; 25 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; farmland|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 6' 55.62" N, 137° 57' 54.43" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|