Narisawa Castle

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Shiba Kaneyori moved to Yamagata and established Yamagata Castle in 1356. His grandson built Narisawa Castle in 1381 to help defend Yamagata Castle and took the name Narisawa. It has good views towards Yamagata Castle, Hasedo Castle and on to the Kaminoyama area too. In the 1578 battle between the Mogami and Kaminoyama it was the front line defense for Yamagata Castle. In 1622 the Mogami were reassigned to small lands in Ohmi and Narisawa Castle was abandoned.

Visit Notes

For a small and relatively unknown castle, this site is well maintained with many signs. There are some busses that pass by as well. I actually caught a bus from near the Hachiman Shrine to Kaminoyama which was useful to visit Kaminoyama Castle afterwards. There are a few different entrances to the castle. I entered from the old trail behind the Hachiman Shrine and came back out through the Oteguchi (Narisawa Oteguchi) because they were closer to the bus stops.

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  • Oteguchi Entrance
  • Honmaru Bailey
  • Toyoshita Entrance
  • View towards Yamagata Castle
  • Side bailey and kirigishi (cut cliff face)
  • Bailey
  • Side bailey and kirigishi (cut cliff face)
  • Bailey
  • Earthen embankment on the left
  • Horikri trench became a road
  • Ninomaru Bailey
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Castle Profile
English Name Narisawa Castle
Japanese Name 成沢城
Founder Shiba Kaneyoshi
Year Founded 1381
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Zao Sta. (Ou Main Line), 25 min walk
Visitor Information park, open any time
Time Required 50 mins
Location Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture
Coordinates 38° 12' 11.92" N, 140° 19' 19.88" E
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Added to Jcastle 2017
Admin Year Visited 2017
Admin Visits November 2, 2017

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