Asahi Castle (Chikuma)
It is thought that this castle was originally constructed by the Mimura Clan or the Ogasawara Clan. It was involved in the campaigns of the Takeda Clan in the area and probably served as a supplementary fortification to the main Mimura stronghold at nearby Takeijō. Later the Kamijō Clan took up residence at the castle (the area has many, many families called Kamijō today). An old mountaintop castle, Asahijō was likely abandoned long before the Edo Period.
I was really appreciative to find a worn out old marker at the flat top of the mountain summit indicating its former existence. Asahijō (旭城) is in Asahi-mura (朝日村) but they take different kanji.
|English Name||Chikuma Asahi Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Trenches, Baileys; karabori (moats) and obikuruwa (belt bailey) around the central enclosure|
|Access||Alpico Bus Service to Asahi Village from Hirooka Station on the Shinonoi Line (no service on Sundays)|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; mountain|
|Time Required||60 minutes|
|Location||Asahi, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 8' 19.68" N, 137° 51' 37.04" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2019|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|