Murakami Hime Castle

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Visit Notes

The ruins of Himejō consist of modest baileys separated by trenches and embankments, and there is an explanation board about the castle in the main bailey too. The site can be reached by descending from Katsuraojō. However, I opted to take a short cut by climbing to Himejō first. There was no trail though so I just climbed up the cliffside. It was steep and rocky, but a bunch of iron mesh had been wrung over the rocks to prevent landslides. This is very easy to climb. So I did my best spiderman impression and got up it. Then I used game trails when the meshing ran out. I noticed huge bear footprints and realised I had left my bear bell in my bag at the hotel. I was a bit disconcerted but ploughed onward and soon came to the site without incident. The climb from Himejō to Katsuraojō is not so demanding. Across the valley where the town of Sakaki is situated, other Murakami castle sites can be seen, such as Wagōjō and Kokuzōsanjō.


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Castle Profile
English Name Murakami Hime Castle
Japanese Name 村上姫城
Founder Murakami Yoshikiyo
Year Founded Early 16th Century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Horikiri, Dorui
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Hike from Katsurao Castle
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Sakaki, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 28' 5.05" N, 138° 10' 17.47" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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