Kokuzousanminami Fort (Aida)

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Visit Notes

Kokuzōsanminami-toride is part of the Aida-jōkangun, a complex or network of fortified spaces on and beneath Mount Kokuzō. The ‘Southern Fort’ is located along a ridge beneath a fork in the modern mountain road further up from the main trails. It is directly south of the Minenojō on the mountain summit. The layout of the fort consists of a couple of terraced baileys bounded by horikiri (trenches) cut into the ridge fore and aft of the main bailey space. There is evidence of terracing both above and below. A series of terraces cut into the ridge could be delineated nearly all the way up to the summit, stopping at the hanging boulder shrine where the terrain protecting the topmost castle is most steep.

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Castle Profile
English Name Kokuzousanminami Fort (Aida)
Japanese Name 会田虚空蔵山南砦
Founder Aida Clan; Ogasawara Clan
Year Founded Kamakura Period; 16th century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Horikiri, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Bus from Matsumoto Station
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 21' 50.62" N, 138° 0' 36.86" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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