Toyo Castle (Murakami Clan Fort Network)
See Murakami Katsurao Castle for more background information on the Murakami Clan.
Toyojō is one of the smaller forts in the Murakami Renju Toride (村上連珠砦), a network of fortifications strung about the mountains like a 'pearl necklace'. I had hoped, since it is featured in a book of yamajiro in the area alongside larger forts, that Toyojō might be nearly as exciting as Hanagoyajō which is located nearby. However, it is a fairly small and basic fort. It has a main bailey with a trench to the rear. There is a lower bailey. Possibly there used to be more baileys going like a ladder down the hillside, but this area is now cultivated and so the land may have been modified for use by farmers in subsequent centuries. Toyojō is at least located on a relatively lower hill and so not difficult to climb to. This was my first castle visit with the onset of spring; the weather was pleasant and there were many birds out, including some big fat blue ones, and so I was quite optimistic about the day ahead.
|Murakami Toyo Castle
|Pre Edo Period
|Toyotono Route bus from Ueda Station on the Shinano Railway
|24/7 free; mountain
|Ueda, Nagano Prefecture
|36° 25' 7.79" N, 138° 16' 9.88" E
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