Chikuma Awaji Castle


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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.

Visit Notes

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.


Castle Profile
English Name Chikuma Awaji Castle
Japanese Name 筑摩淡路城
Founder Awaji Clan
Year Founded 1613
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
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
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
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