Kemi Castle (Chiisagata)


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For more information see Chiisagata Nishiyama Castle.

Visit Notes

This site looks like the remains of a fortified peak from the rear, the direction from which I approached after coming down from Kashiwayamajō, with tatebori (climbing moats), terracing and a distinct main bailey. Yet from the otherside the mountain slopes down in a very natural manner. Do we have half a castle ruin here? It's possible that this is the result of landslides collapsing half of the fort. Although experts have designated the Nishiyamajō Fort Group, of which Kemijō is the uppermost, as castle ruins, it cannot be ascertained for certain as fact. Ranmaru-sensei, a local castle blogger from Ueda, seems sceptical, pointing out that if the forts were built by the Unno Clan to resist the Murakami Clan, then the forts would be useless as look-outs since they do not have vision beyond the valley, and in any case it would be redundant to have a look-out on three peaks so close together.

  • Central bailey
  • Kirigishi

Castle Profile
English Name Chiisagata Kemi Castle
Japanese Name 小県花見城
Founder Murakami Clan
Year Founded 1330
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Ueda Sation on the Shinano Railway; bus to Kamishina; 20 minute walk to Sumiyoshi
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Ueda, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 25' 24.13" N, 138° 16' 59.27" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
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