Takagifurujō ("Tall Tree Old Castle") is said to have been the fortified residence of Minowa Yoshitoshi, a local strongman, during the late 15th century. The castle was located in what is now South Minowa Village. Nothing remains and the area is now forested.
After finding nothing at Kiyomizujō I went to Takagifurujō (just marked as "Old Castle" on Googlemaps), and didn't find anything that I could be sure of. After going through a sort of timber collection area in the woods I came to a patch of forest which was supposed to be the location of the former castle. There was a marker here but not for the castle. I saw suggestions of what could be degraded earthworks but I couldn't be sure. I took a short cut out by coming directly down the hillside and came across what looked like a lateral trench, though I wouldn't be confident in claiming this as part of the castle. This attempt was a little frustrating and overall disappointing, but walking through the stretches of (mostly flat) forest was interesting.
|Japanese Name||Takagifuru Castle|
|Year Founded||Late 15th Century|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Tabata Station on the Iida Line; 18 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; forest|
|Time Required||50 minutes|
|Location||Ina, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 51' 44.10" N, 137° 58' 8.58" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|