Minebatajō was built by Komazawa Shin'emon, a knight of the Suwa Clan. The Komazawa Clan were defeated by Takeda Shingen during his invasion of Shinano.
The site given for Minebatajō is located in the middle of rice paddies. These are terraced. Between them there is a large trench, taken for a karabori (dry moat) of the castle. Beyond here there is a hill which looked to me like it could've been worked as a fortification, and I tentatively reckoned that I was observing a bailey, terraced baileys to the front and back, and dorui (earthen ramparts) here, though the castle's main area was apparently located to the north. It was hard to tell anyway due to the area being developed as fields, a park, and a cemetery. Where the road runs toward the southern hill it is thought there was a horikiri (trench). To the east of the site the castle's kyokan (residential area) was located, and I found a marker post for this, though little remains.
|English Name||Minebata Castle|
|Year Founded||Medieval Era|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Karabori, Kuruwa, Dorui|
|Access||Kawagishi Station on the Chuuou Line; 10 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Free; 24/7; Park|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Okaya, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 1' 38.82" N, 138° 1' 5.88" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|