Kitsune Castle (Azumi)

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Kitsunejō was a small fort with a main bailey measuring about 20m in width and 40m in length along the terminus of a small hill projecting out near to the bank of the Sai River. Its position next to the river made it ideal as a look-out and fortification with which to guard the area. Dorui (earthen embankments) were heaped up along the main baileys northern and eastern perimeter, which gave it extra cover when looking north. I believe then that this fort may have been used by the Tōhara Clan located to the south, but the castle's origins and owners are unknown. The castle may have had a second, outer bailey, protected by a dry moat. It has since been developed over with housing.

Visit Notes

There is a hill which juts out toward the Sai River. This was an ideal place for a fort, I've no doubt, though I could identify no ruins here, as the site has now been developed with houses, and ruins which remain are on private property and cannot be accessed. There were lots of persimmon trees here though, which I appreciated.


Castle Profile
English Name Kitsune Castle (Azumi)
Japanese Name 安曇狐城
Founder Shiokawahara Clan (Legend)
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Karabori, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Akashina Station on the Shinonoi Line; 20 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Restricted
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Azumino, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 22' 5.34" N, 137° 55' 40.33" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
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