Suzuoka Castle (Ina)

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Suzuoka Castle was built by the Suzuoka branch of the Ogasawara Clan. After the death of Ogasawara Masayasu in 1442, the Ogasawara Clan was split between the main branch at Fukashijō (Matsumoto Castle), the Matsuo Branch and the Suzuoka Branch. Suzuokajō was conquered by Takeda Shingen in 1554. Suzuokajō later became a branch castle of Matsuojō. It was abandoned in 1590 when the Ogasawara were evicted from the territory by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Visit Notes

The ruins of Suzuoka Castle are now part of a large historical park. It features sweeping earthworks, such as deep karabori (dry moats), horikiri (trenches) and dorui (earthen ramparts). Baileys number at least four: the honmaru (main bailey), ninomaru (second bailey), demaru (projecting (rear) bailey), and sotokuruwa (outer enclosure). Impressive moats run between. It seems they may be restoring some dorui at the site.


Castle Profile
English Name Suzuoka Castle (Ina)
Japanese Name 伊那鈴岡城
Founder Ogasawara Clan
Year Founded 15th century
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Dorui, Karabori, Horikiri
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Kega Station on the Iida Line; 20 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; park
Time Required 60 minutes
Location Iida, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 29' 1.64" N, 137° 49' 35.54" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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