Meiseireijin Fort

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History

Meiseireijin-toride was likely built as a branch fortification of Karasaki Castle on the way to Teshiro Castle, but its exact history is unclear. The name suggests a religious function so perhaps it was also used as a place to consecrate the ridge and castle mount? But that may have been ancillary or subsequnt to its military function.

Visit Notes

When I arrived at the ruins of Meiseireijin-toride, I thought I had already come across Karasakijō, which is where I was heading. I couldn't mistake earthworks as anything other than castle-related. I checked my positioning and saw that I still had a little way to go before reaching Karasakijō, however. It was only later that I was able to identify this site as the ruins of a small fort called Meiseireijin-toride. The toride consists of a central bailey with a lower sub-bailey and a rear dorui (earthen rampart) segement, now lined with hokora (mini-shrines). Beyond the dorui is a sizable trench complex with a deep horikiri (trench) and tatebori (climbing moats) on both sides.


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Castle Profile
English Name Meiseireijin Fort
Japanese Name 明聖霊神砦
Founder ???
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Horikiri, Tatebori, Kuruwa, Dorui, Koshikuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Hiking trail via Karasaki Castle
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 32' 53.59" N, 138° 9' 37.04" E
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Admin
Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Contributor ART
Added to Jcastle 2020


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