Utsutsu Castle

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For more information see Aida Kokuzousan Castle.

Visit Notes

Utsutsujō is one of the outer fortifications of the complex of fort sites which make up the Aida-jōkangun, centred around Aida-Kokuzōsanjō. It is located down the ridge to the west of the other forts, and is much less visited and maintained than the other sites. I had to pass over a piece of barbed wire hidden in coloured tape. I don’t think the barbed wire was deliberately concealed, it had just gotten tangled up, but I read online that someone cut their hand on it, so I’m glad I noticed and didn’t touch the tape. There was also a mock closed-circuit television system set up, with a camera attached to a tree. That’s a lot of effort to stop mushroom thieves, but I don’t think any determined mushroom pilferer would be deterred. The mushroom season was over and there is a lot of evidence that I’m addicted to castling, so I don’t think I’ll ever be mistaken for a mushroom thief. But I’ll confine my rambling to mountains and not words! Although there is a trail, the castle ruins are generally overgrown.

Utsutsujō is a single bailey fort complex with the main and only bailey (arguably, but opinions differ on how much of the ridge was fortified) protect fore and aft with horikiri (trenches) and tatebori (climbing trenches). The main bailey is split into two parts by a small terrace. The rear to the main bailey was probably a horikiri which bisected the ridge, but looks like it has been partially filled in. The tatebori section remains and can be seen to the right when entering the bailey space. It’s possible there was also a dobashi (earthen bridge), however. The forward horikiri is well preserved, even though it is full of the clutter of fallen trees and hard to move in, and is actually one of the more impressive examples of horikiri found on Mount Kokuzō (the other large one at Nakanojinjō having been partially filled in).

See also Nakanojin Castle.

  • main bailey
  • Horikiri (trench)
  • Horikiri (trench) seen in partial profile
  • Rear trench

Castle Profile
English Name Utsutsu Castle
Japanese Name 現城
Founder Aida Clan
Year Founded Kamakura Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Horikiri, Dorui, Kuruwa, Tatebori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Bus from Matsumoto Station
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 40 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 21' 51.84" N, 137° 59' 57.08" E
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