Kamikurabara Fort

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Kamikurabara-rui was the fortified residence of Nakamura Ukonnojō, and so it is also referred to as the Nakamura-yashiki (there are many Nakamura-yashiki in Kai Province, and this one is in historical Koma County, with others in Yamanashi and Yatsushiro counties). The Koma-Nakamura Clan served as members of the Tsuganeshū, a group of warriors formed by the Tsugane Clan who served the hegemonic Takeda Clan by protecting the border between Kai and Saku County in Shinano Province. Since the fort was quite expansive, apparently measuring 200m on at least one side, it may have provided garrison space for the soldiers of multiple local clans of the Tsuganeshū.

Visit Notes

Kamikurabara-rui is a medieval fortified residence site in the Kurabara area of Takane Township in Hokuto Municipality, Yamanashi Prefecture. I went into the woods which now occupy the site (really a cedar plantation) where there are some old cenotaphs here and there. I could confirm no ruins, even though there is supposed to be dorui (earthen ramparts) here. I took a picture of a mound of earth near a canopied wood-cutting shed. I suppose it could be dorui but it’s hard to tell. Apparently there used be a berm 200m long here, which is quite big for a residence.


Castle Profile
English Name Kamikurabara Fort
Japanese Name 上蔵原塁
Alternate Names Koma-Nakamura-yashiki
Founder Nakamura Ukonnojō
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Sudama IC
Visitor Information 24/7, free
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 49' 34.21" N, 138° 25' 2.93" E
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Contributor ART
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