Hirabayashi Castle (Minochi)

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The castle's origins are unknown but between 1558 and 1569 Hirabayashi Castle was contolled by Takeda Shingen. The commander was Motomi Toratane. The castle consisted of three integral baileys: main bailey, east bailey, and west bailey. There were moats surrounding these enclosures, probably water-filled since Hirabayashijō was a flatland castle. The castle was abandoned in 1573 with the death of Takeda Shingen, and subsequently became rice paddies. The ruins of the castle were apparently visible up until the Late Shōwa Period, at which time a factory was built over them.

Visit Notes

The former site of Hirabayashijō is now an insutrialised area and a temple built in the very unfortunate shape of concrete blocks. There is a stone marker showing the site of the castle.

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  • Ishibumi (stone marker) for castle

Castle Profile
English Name Minochi Hirabayashi Castle
Japanese Name 水内平林城
Founder Motomi Toratane
Year Founded 1558
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Marker
Visitor Information
Access Kirihara Station on the Nagano Line; 19 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 39' 17.53" N, 138° 12' 42.59" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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