Suwa Sakura Castle

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History

Sakurajō was built as a satellite fortification of Yamabukijō by the Kanasashi Clan. It is not so high up and therefore accessible, but due to the elevation nonetheless commands an excellent view of Lake Suwa and its northern plains.

Visit Notes

Suwa-Sakurajō was a nice little site to visit. There is the shukuruwa (main bailey) with an old look-out which can't be too different from a structurewhich would've been likely used at the castle. Looking on the hillside I found it terraced with minor baileys. Since the trees have been cut back and the site is cultivated as a small park one can easily see the shape of the castle ruins. I found some trenches in the woods beyond the park but they were difficult to pick out from amongst the undergrowth and fallen leaves. I don't know where Sakurajō got its name - "Cherry Blossom Castle" - but it is appealing.


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Castle Profile
English Name Suwa Sakura Castle
Japanese Name 諏訪桜城
Founder Kanasashi Clan
Year Founded
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Shimo-Suwa Station on the Chuo Line; 25 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 40 minutes
Location Shimo-Suwa, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 4' 45.34" N, 138° 5' 29.40" E
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Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Contributor ART
Added to Jcastle 2020


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