Monomi Castle (Murakami Clan Fort Network)

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The name suggests that this small fort was used as a look-out post. The castle was also known as Koyabajō (小屋場城). For more information see my profile on Murakami Kokuzousan Castle.

Visit Notes

There is a route down from Kokuzōsanjō to Monomijō, but I could not find a route up and had to climb - rather than hike - up a boney, rocky ridge. I'm not sure but I might have used up half my energy that day on the climb up to Monomijō alone! At least I'd made it onto the mountain. I took a rest at the castle ruins. The layout is of two small integral baileys separated by a prominent trench. Toward the mountainside is a complex of trenches which cut into the ridge and then streak down the mountain's slopes.

  • Trench

Castle Profile
English Name Monomi Castle (Murakami Clan Fort Network)
Japanese Name 村上物見城
Alternate Names Koyabajō (小屋場城)
Founder Murakami Yoshikiyo
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Tatebori, Horikiri, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Nishi-Ueda Station on the Shinano Railway; hiking course (descend from route to Takatsuyajou)
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Mountain
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Ueda, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 25' 23.92" N, 138° 12' 26.32" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
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