Iida Fort

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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.

Visit Notes

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.


Castle Profile
English Name Iida Fort
Japanese Name 飯田砦
Founder Iida Clan (?)
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Ohte, Koguchi, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
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
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Contributor ART
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