Minebata Castle

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History

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.

Visit Notes

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.


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Castle Profile
English Name Minebata Castle
Japanese Name 峰畑城
Founder Komazawa Shin'emon
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Karabori, Kuruwa, Dorui
Features trenches
Visitor Information
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
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
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