Murakami Monomi Castle
The name suggests that this small fort was used as a look-out post. The castle was also known as Koyabajō (小屋場城). For more information see my profile on Murakami Kokuzousan Castle.
There is a route down from Kokuzōsanjō to Monomijō, but I could not find a route up and had to climb - rather than hike - up a boney, rocky ridge. I'm not sure but I might have used up half my energy that day on the climb up to Monomijō alone! At least I'd made it onto the mountain. I took a rest at the castle ruins. The layout is of two small integral baileys separated by a prominent trench. Toward the mountainside is a complex of trenches which cut into the ridge and then streak down the mountain's slopes.
|English Name||Murakami Monomi Castle|
|Alternate Names||Koyabajō (小屋場城)|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Tatebori, Horikiri, Kuruwa|
|Access||Nishi-Ueda Station on the Shinano Railway; hiking course (descend from route to Takatsuyajou)|
|Visitor Information||Free; 24/7; Mountain|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Ueda, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 25' 23.92" N, 138° 12' 26.32" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|