Ina Sokura Castle
Sokurajō was built by Nishina Nobutomo during the hegemony of Takeda Shingen over the area. It was later controlled by the Kitahara Clan whose descendents live there to this day.
Not much remains it seems of Sokura Castle. I identified dorui (earth-piled ramparts) and karabori (dry moats). Most of the ruin is now on private property, and so my investigation was necessarily limited to the roadside. The dorui shown here extends across the preamble of a protrusion in the cliff line and is fronted by a moat, making for a very basic construction. Sokurajō is one of many cliffside castle sites in the Ina Valley.
|English Name||Ina Sokura Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Dorui, Karabori, Kuruwa|
|Access||Komagane Station on the Iida Line; 65 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; includes private property|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Komagane, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 43' 42.67" N, 137° 59' 16.66" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|