Kuranomae-rui, also called Imafuku-yashiki, is thought to have been the medieval residence of the Imafuku Clan, said to be descended from the Kai-Genji Clan via Nago Yoshiyuki. Imafuku Jōkansai was the jūshin (chief vassal) of the Takeda Clan during the Sengoku period and served as the jōdai (acting castellan) of Sunpujō in Suruga.
As for the fortification ruins, the surviving segment of dorui is about 50m long but the original ramparts where thought to have formed a square plot and have been 100m long on each side, which is quite spacious, becomming of a clan of high status.
Lucky! When I came I found all of the bamboo and clutter from atop of the dorui (earthen ramparts) around his medieval fortified residence site had been cleared back. Kuranomae-rui is also called Imafuku-yashiki. Ruins remain in the form of dorui, chiefly a long segment to the north of the site. There is an old residence on the site which, built in the vernacular style of Kai, looks like it dates to the Edo period, though it has modern materials covering the walls and roof. This old home and its tenants (many members of the Imafuku family still live in the vacinity) carry on the legacy of the medieval manor hall. Because the residence is still occupied it is not open to the public. There is a narrow lane that goes down the side of the house and grants access to some fields to the rear, which is how I saw the site.
|English Name||Kuranomae Fort|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Nirasaki Station on the Chūō Main Line; 25 minute walk|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Nirasaki, Yamanashi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 43' 36.16" N, 138° 27' 0.00" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|
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