Aragaito Fort


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One of many minor forts built by the Nishimaki Clan to protect their bases at Ota Yakata and Azumi Nishimaki Castle. The forts were built along a cliff overlooking a river plain.

Visit Notes

There ruins of Aragaito-toride were the highlight of the toride (small fort) ruins I inspected that day. It was my first time to do a "toride tour", as usually there is not much to see at such minor sites. Aragaito had very clear trench ruins and dorui (earthen ramparts) segments though, as well as evident terracing of the slope, and even what might've been a former gate complex ruin. The main bailey is now an apple orchard.


Castle Profile
English Name Aragaito Fort
Japanese Name 荒海渡砦
Founder Nishimaki Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Hori, Koshikuruwa, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Hata Station on the Kamikouchi Line; 30 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; farmland
Time Required 25 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 12' 40.61" N, 137° 50' 41.53" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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