Juuouzan Fort

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Jūōzan-toride was a satellite fortification of Kōzuke-Tomiokajō. See Kouzuke Tomioka Castle for more information.

Visit Notes

Jūōzan-toride is now the site of Shiroyama Park in Tomioka; it is often conflated with the site of Tomiokajō. There is a small tumulus of earth with a flattened top and this represents the remains of earthworks of the small fort. The fort's footprint continued along the ridge to the look-out area where there are now benches (past the house with too many dogs). The hillside beneath the mound looks like kirigishi (an artificially steepened slope). The hillside itself is very steep on the south side where it overlooks the Takada River, and the position is readily defensible. Access the site via the carpark at the bottom of the hill and walking up the winding trail. The hillside is covered in cherry blossom trees and so the park must be a local flower-viewing spot in the spring. There are signs which say to beware of snakes but I encountered a large 'Murder Hornet', as they are now known in English. It silently went by like a floating cigarillo. Usually they're much louder, but I suppose the fiend's quiet meant that it was not looking for blood at that time - perhaps it was already sated on mayhem and destruction for that afternoon.

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Castle Profile
English Name Juuouzan Fort
Japanese Name 十王山砦
Founder Tomioka Clan
Year Founded 15th century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kirigishi
Visitor Information
Access Jōshū-Tomioka Station on the Jōshin Line; 16 minute walk to Shiroyama Park carpark.
Visitor Information 24/7 free; park
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Tomioka, Gunma Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 16' 4.98" N, 138° 53' 49.60" E
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