Tsutsuhata Castle IV

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The history of Tsutsuhatajō mostly goes along with that of Karidaôjō. It was part of a complex of fortifications built by the Takanashi Clan on their southern border to protect against the advances of the Takeda Clan. Takeda Shingen conquered the castle in 1561. For more information see Karidaôjō (Karidaoh Castle).

Visit Notes

Tsutsuhatajō is a fortification complex consisting of five distinct fort sites. The castles are numbered one through five, with the fourth being Tsutsuhatajō-Yonnoshiro (Tsutsuhata Castle IV). Yonnoshiro is a long fort made up of leveled peaks along the ridge with interceding narrow baileys and climbing terraces. Similar as to how Ichinoshiro and Ninoshiro are quite close together, Yonnoshiro is close to Sannoshiro, but quite a way below Gonoshiro, relatively speaking. Like Sannoshiro, Yonnoshiro also has masonry strewn about with the odd stacked segment remaining, particularly around the upper bailey. A trench protects the rear of the foot before the ridge shoots up on its way to Gonoshiro.

See also: Tsutsuhata Castle I, Tsutsuhata Castle II, Tsutsuhata Castle III, Tsutsuhata Castle V, Takinoiri Castle, Karidako Castle, Ganshouin Yakata

  • Terraced bailey typical of this fort complex

Castle Profile
English Name Tsutsuhata Castle IV
Japanese Name 二十端城四ノ城
Founder Takanashi Clan
Year Founded From 1492
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Ishigaki, &c.
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Tsusumi Station on the Nagano Electric Line; 25-minute walk to trailhead at Ichinoshiro
Visitor Information Mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Obuse, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 42' 6.52" N, 138° 20' 42.97" E
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