A fortification existed at this site as early as the Togashi Clan's control of the area in the Nanbokuchō Period. In the Sengoku Period Natajō and Natadera were used by the Ikkō Sect but during the Battle of Natajō of 1580 Shibata Katsuie conquered the castle. After Oda Nobunaga's eradication of the Ikkō-Ikki, Maeda Toshiie rebuilt the temple, but no fortifications were rebuilt.
Natajō, which shares a mountain with Natadera, was a Sengoku Period castle probably most curious for its "dead man's slope" and originally being accessed via a tunnel. Rock formations create natural barriers which protect it. There were no trails from the temple so I couldn't get very far with this one, but the purpose of the visit was anyway to see the temple so I wasn't too fussed. Where I had wanted to find a trail near a large pond I saw a horikiri and rock cutting, but there was a sign there refusing entry.
|English Name||Nata Castle|
|Year Founded||Nanbokuchō Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||郭・堀・堀切・土塁 Kuruwa, hori, horikiri, dorui|
|Access||Iburihashi Station, Hokuriku Main Line|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||30 mins|
|Location||Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 18' 38.59" N, 136° 25' 21.83" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2019|