That this is the "old castle" of the Shimomaki Clan seems obvious enough, but where is the new castle then? Is it a nearby site where the name has changed? It's something of a mystery. There is also a Kamimakifuru Castle in Ina but it is some distance northward, and presumably the old castle of the Kamimaki Clan.
Shimomakifurujō is a clifftop castle ruin containing a large mound, which was likely part of a large dorui (earth-piled rampart). The shukuruwa (main bailey) is now farmland.
|English Name||Shimomakifuru Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Horui, Dorui, Kuruwa|
|Access||Akagi Station on the Iida Line; 10 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; farmland|
|Time Required||15 minutes|
|Location||Ina, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 46' 34.86" N, 137° 57' 8.57" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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