Minochi Owaribe Castle
Historical records are conflicted but it is thought that this was the fortified residence of the Owaribe Clan. Owaribe Saburō was defeated by Takeda Shingen in the middle 16th century and forced to abandon his base.
After visiting three dud sites as part of my walking tour of fortification sites in suburban Nagano I finally found some actual fortification ruins at Owaribejō. It's not much, just deformed segments of dorui (earthen embankments) in a rectangular formation. These would've surrounded a medieval manor house. The site today is now a small recreational park named for the castle.
|English Name||Minochi Owaribe Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Kita-Nagano Station on the Kita-Shinano Line; 35 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Free; 24/7; Park|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Nagano, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 38' 50.71" N, 138° 13' 48.40" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|