Shirasawa Fort

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History

Unclear. May have been a branch fortification of Azumi Ogiwara Castle or Azumi Oshino Castle.

Visit Notes

Shirasawa-toride was an unanticipated castle site visit for me. I was going between Ogiwarajō and my next planned site, Oshinojō, and suddenly I felt a disturbance in the force. Given the low-lying, mostly flat and long mountain I was going on, I didn't wonder if it wouldn't make sense that there weren't more fortification sites along it between the two. So I checked and there was. Maybe I'm developing extra-sensory perception when it comes to castle sites? Haha. I was worried I'd have to back-track to reach Shirasawa-toride as I'd passed it at a lower elevation, but I chanced a road going up which ended up curving back and getting me quite close to my target. Lucky! If so, my luck ended there. The site was covered in fallen trees, strangling ivy and nasty thorny plants. Those lecherous plants tugged at me as I tried to demurely pass. Anyway, they got my bear bell. I only realised when I heard howling in the woods below me (though probably just a monkey). At the fort site I identified at least one bailey, probably two, and what looked like should've been a trench, so it wasn't a total loss.


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Castle Profile
English Name Shirasawa Fort
Japanese Name 白沢砦
Founder ???
Year Founded ???
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Hori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Akashina Station on the Shinonoi Line; 40 minute walk
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Azumino, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 21' 57.74" N, 137° 54' 38.27" E
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Admin
Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
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