Nouken Dousaka Fort

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This is the site of the the medieval fortified residence of Itō Genba, a vassal of Takeda Shingen. Itō Genba earned distinction during the 1569 battle of Sanmasu Pass by capturing an enemy Hōjō soldier alive. It is said that in 1581 the Itō Clan worked to defend nearby Nōkenjō.The Itō Clan may have surrendered to Tokugawa forces in 1582; by the Edo period a descendant of Itō Genba served the Tokugawa in Mito Domain.

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Visit Notes

There's a big signboard and marker post for this fort site, which is actually more information than I found presented at others, yet remains are fewer. If one climbs to the hill between the hairpin road one will find earthworks. I found a long trench, but it was very over grown. I assumed it was some medieval fortication since it was quite similar to dry moats I'd seen elsewhere that day. I climb to the top of the hill here to check for ruins but found none. Instead I came to a shrine. The stairway down the hillside leads to the site of a fortified residence, the Itou Genba Yashiki.

  • Sign marker and explanatory board

Castle Profile
English Name Nouken Dousaka Fort
Japanese Name 能見城堂坂砦
Founder Takeda Katsuyori or Tokugawa Ieyasu
Year Founded 1581-1582
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Yokobori; Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Anayama Station on the Chūō Main Line; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 15 minutes
Location Nirasaki, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 45' 14.15" N, 138° 25' 35.15" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Kojō Meguri Shashinkan
Oshiro Tabi Nikki

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