Kuranomae Fort

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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.

Visit Notes

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.

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Castle Profile
English Name Kuranomae Fort
Japanese Name 蔵之前塁
Alternate Names 今福屋敷
Founder Imafuku Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Omoya
Features samurai homes
Visitor Information
Access Nirasaki Station on the Chūō Main Line; 25 minute walk
Visitor Information
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Nirasaki, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 43' 36.16" N, 138° 27' 0.00" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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