It is thought that Todoroki Castle was constructed by the Todoroki Clan as their fortified residence. At the Battle of Ôtō in 1400 there was a Todoroki Clan serving under the Nishina Clan. Members of the same clan appear in documents from 1556 and 1580. It is thought this was their base. In the Edo Period Todorokijō became the residence of the village chief.
Ruins of Todoroki Castle include a koguchi ("tiger's maw" gate complex), yaguradai (turret platform) and dorui (earth-piled ramparts). The former bailey is now farmland. Nearby there is the Todoroki Residence which is preserved from the Edo Period and designated as an important cultural property. The Lord of Matsumoto used to stay there apparently. It contains vernacular architecture and a large nagayamon (row-gatehouse); I might go back and see it at some point.
|English Name||Todoroki Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period or Earlier|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Koguchi, Yaguradai, Dorui, Hori|
|Access||Hotaka Station on the Oito Line; 13 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Azumino, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 20' 28.18" N, 137° 53' 30.16" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|