Kokuzousanminami Fort (Aida)
For more information see Aida Kokuzousan Castle.
Kokuzōsanminami-toride is part of the Aida-jōkangun, a complex or network of fortified spaces on and beneath Mount Kokuzō. The ‘Southern Fort’ is located along a ridge beneath a fork in the modern mountain road further up from the main trails. It is directly south of the Minenojō on the mountain summit. The layout of the fort consists of a couple of terraced baileys bounded by horikiri (trenches) cut into the ridge fore and aft of the main bailey space. There is evidence of terracing both above and below. A series of terraces cut into the ridge could be delineated nearly all the way up to the summit, stopping at the hanging boulder shrine where the terrain protecting the topmost castle is most steep.
|English Name||Aida Kokuzousanminami Fort|
|Founder||Aida Clan; Ogasawara Clan|
|Year Founded||Kamakura Period; 16th century|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Bus from Matsumoto Station|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; mountain|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 21' 50.62" N, 138° 0' 36.86" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|