Gongenzawa Castle

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Archaeological investigations have identified this site as a medieval fortified residence. For more information see my profile on Minami Majino Castle.

Visit Notes

On my way between Aruga Castle and Minami Majino Castle I came, by complete chance, upon a sign indicating the former site of Gongenzawajō. Around the sign was just fields and orchards. Gongenzawajō is another name for Kita-Majinojō, which would twin the site with Minami-Majinojō. One castle explorer's blog indicated that "the general shape" of the castle could be appreciated in a nearby park, but I didn't see where. It was quite difficult to work out where the site was referencing maps, and so in the end all I had to go on was the sign I had come across. Of course, simply stumpling upon a new site whilst going between two others was a welcome accident, even if I didn't find anything in the way of ruins.


Castle Profile
English Name Gongenzawa Castle
Japanese Name 権現沢城
Alternate Names 北真志野城
Founder Yajima
Year Founded 1542
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Signboard, Kuruwa
Visitor Information
Access Kami-Suwa Station on the Chuo Line; 70 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Suwa, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 0' 48.56" N, 138° 5' 16.58" E
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Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Contributor ART
Added to Jcastle 2020

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