Akagi Minami Castle

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Thought to have been constructed by Hōjō Masayori, son of Hōjō Takayori, in the Kamakura Period, it is said Akagi-minamijō was controlled by Kogawa Denpachirō in the late 16th century. It was presumably abandoned by the Edo Period. Twinned with Akagi-kitajō in the north, the castle's name derives from its use as a fort and residence by the Akagi Clan.

Visit Notes

The remains of Akagi-minamijō, twinned with Akagi-kitajō to the north, consist of at least one kuruwa (bailey), some dorui (embankment) remnants, and a series of horikiri (trenches). The site is now a wooded promontory above a small alcove used for rice farming. To the north is a large Epson factory and workers' dormitories are located next to the castle ruin.


Castle Profile
English Name Akagi Minami Castle
Japanese Name 赤木南城
Founder Hōjō Masayori
Year Founded Kamakura Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Hirooka Station on the Chuo Line; walk 40 minutes
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 9' 19.87" N, 137° 58' 23.30" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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