Amanari Castle

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Amanarijō was a branch fortification of Nakanojō, which was located above. According to folklore, Amanarijō (or Nakanojō) is where Akiyama Mitsuaki, the lord of the castle, committed suicide when the castle mount was besieged by the Minamoto forces in 1185. The castle gets its name from the mountain which is said to always rumble before it rains, a sort of reliable thunder. Festivals commemorate Akiyama Mitsuaki in the village of Akiyama below, though few people venture up to the site of the fort.

For additional information see Kai Nakano Castle.

Visit Notes

Amanarijō features two baileys with two horikiri (trenches) cutting through the ridge in between them. The northern bailey one reaches first if hiking down from Nakanojō. This is the second bailey and it has a berm of earth protecting it, but otherwise it is quite a small and helpless bailey. The main bailey is better defended and is surrounded by dorui (earthen ramparts), except in the south where landslides have eaten into the ruins. One of the horikri is part of a trail so it remains quite deep, probably no deeper than when the fort was first built.

  • Horikiri

Castle Profile
English Name Amanari Castle
Japanese Name 雨鳴城
Founder Akiyama Mitsuaki
Year Founded Late Heian Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Horikiri, Dorui, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Hike up for one hour from kyokan site, or descend from Nakano Castle for about 15 minutes.
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Fujikawa, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 35' 13.88" N, 138° 25' 16.90" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
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