Koike-toride was built as a branch fort by the Ogasawara Clan in the early 16th century to supplement their network of defences in the area.
One never expects to find much visiting a toride ("toride" is a term which describes small fortifications), but Koike-toride was pretty interesting; I almost didn't come, but I had time after visiting Hachikenchōjajō. Koike-toride has dorui (earthwork embankments) and a mizubori (water moat) surrounding it in the east. The main enclosure is a private residence surrounded by rice paddies. The earthen ramparts looked fairly tall and thick, but now they are hidden beneath trees.
|English Name||Koike Fort|
|Year Founded||Early 16th Century|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Murai Station on the Chuo Line; 25 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; private property|
|Time Required||15 minutes|
|Location||Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 10' 10.60" N, 137° 58' 29.93" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|