Sarugajou Noroshidai

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Visit Notes

Saruǵajō-noroshidai is a noroshidai (beacon tower) site above and west of the ruins of Saruǵajō in Ômachi Municipality. A 2.5m tall conicular stone tower used to funnel smoke signals has been restored, which is the first time I've seen such a thing! There is also an explanatory board about the site besides. There is a rocky peak to the east with a hokora (mini-shrine), whereas the signboard and furnace are in a somewhat depressed area. There was likely a look-out on the peak. In addition to using smoke signals, defenders likely also banged drums and rung bells to warn the people below of danger. Saruǵajō can be reached by hiking down the ridge from this site.

  • Smoke signal funnel

Castle Profile
English Name Sarugajou Noroshidai
Japanese Name 猿ヶ城烽火台
Founder Nishina Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Noroshidai (reconstructed)
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Shinano-Ômachi Station on the Ôito Line; rental e-bike; or, hike from Lake Kizaki
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Ômachi, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 35' 4.63" N, 137° 49' 38.64" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
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