The origins of Takagiuchi Castle are unknown. According to one theory it was the castle of the Kondō Clan, and then was taken over by the Kojima Clan. In addition to this the local Takagi Clan, vassals of the Ogasawara Clan (nominal rulers of Shinano), may have used this fort a base for their operations in the area, and as a fortified residence. To me this seems most likely but it isn't known for sure.
This is a clifftop castle. I could see several depressions in the cliffline which I suspected may be trenches or the remnants of dry moats. I couldn't get close to them though because imbetween them was farmland and private property. The part of the castle nearest the road was the main bailey, but this is also under plough. The road may have formerly been the site of a climbing moat. Takagiuchijō was made up of four integral baileys separated by dry moats. The main bailey was much larger than the others. Apparently there is a small marker for the castle somewhere but I didn't see this - I might've even walked passed it! Perhaps I could've got more out of the site if the trenches were more clear.
|English Name||Takagiuchi Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Tabata Station on the Iida Line; 5 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; farmland|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Ina, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 51' 25.88" N, 137° 58' 21.72" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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