Iida-toride was constructed in the Sengoku Period but it is not known by whom. One website says it was built by the Iida Clan but maybe that's just an assumption? Often yakata are named for clans but the name could derive from elsewhere, such as a neighbourhood name. Nearby was the Kanzaemon Damn, built in 1662, which the area is known for, but it seems the fort was already abandoned by this time.
The remains of this fort, Iida-toride, are small but remain in decent condition. Essentially the ruin is a forested space enclosed by dorui (earthen ramparts). The entrance to the site is a path running between vegetable patches called the ôte (main road), indicating the original entrance to the fortification. Probably there were originally moats either side of this path but they have been filled in for farmland. The site is otherwise borded by a water channel, rice paddies, a road, and a house with a dog that barked at me. Iida-toride is also called Iida-yakata. It is a municipal designated historic site.
|English Name||Iida Fort|
|Founder||Iida Clan (?)|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Dorui, Ohte, Koguchi, Kuruwa|
|Access||Nakagaya Station on the Oito Line; 30 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; includes private property|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Azumino, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 16' 9.41" N, 137° 55' 37.99" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|