Ashigara Teraba Fort


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Ashigara Teraba Fort is a satellite fortification of Ashigara Castle.

Visit Notes

Teraba-toride is a satellite fortification of Ashigarajō. Ashigarajō appears to have several outlying forts located along the mountain ridge to the northeast, but Teraba-toride is in the northwest and close to Ashigarajō proper, and that is the only one I investigated. My impression of the site is of a simple flattened area forming a bailey at the tip of the ridge, protected from the rear by a sizable trench, with some evidence of heaped up earth to serve as barriers above the trench. These appear to be earthworks related to a fortification.

Ashigarajō is an earthworks fort site straddling a mountain pass. The main bailey is well maintained as mountain parkland. Features include kuruwa (baileys), karabori (dry moats), and other earthworks, such as trenches and dorui (earthen ramparts). The further one goes from the main bailey the quieter it becomes, and, although it was busy the day I visited, it seems few casual visitors venture to go the whole length of the ruins. The karabori dividing the outer baileys are quite wide, and these karabori were my favourite feature of Ashigarajō. The Ashigara-seki, a checkpoint site, is located beneath the main part of the castle.

For more information on the other satellite fortifications of Ashigara (not including this one), see Yogo's blog in the link under 'Friends of JCastle'.

  • Fort Bailey; the site is overgrown

Castle Profile
English Name Ashigara Teraba Fort
Japanese Name 足柄城寺場砦
Founder Hōjō Ujitsuna
Year Founded 1536
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Nearest Station is Ashigara Station on the Gotemba Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 19' 25.79" N, 139° 0' 29.81" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
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