Minami Kumai Castle

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History

<see Kita Kumai Castle>

Visit Notes

The ruins of Minami-Kumaijō are now the site of Shōrinji; this name (Pine Forest Temple) is apt as shaded beneath the tall trees where spiders make ornate their palaces of web, the castle's ramparts sit taciturn and brooding in the shade. Peering through the pines we can spy these sullen ruins. My favourite view was at a junction where a koshiguruwa (hip bailey) met with a large climbing trench. I took the place where a small shrine squatted to be the middle bailey and on above that there was a now farmed bailey with a masugata gate complex arrnagement leading between it and the temple structures below.


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Castle Profile
English Name Minami Kumai Castle
Japanese Name 南熊井城
Founder ???
Year Founded ???
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Kuruwa, Karabori, Horikiri
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Shiojiri Station on the Chūō Main Line; walk 35 minutes
Visitor Information 24/7; free
Time Required one hour
Location Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 7' 25.36" N, 137° 58' 16.10" E
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Contributor ART
Added to Jcastle 2019


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