Nakao Castle (Chiisagata)

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Nakaojō was originally built by the Iwashita Clan as their residence. The Iwashita were a local tribe descended from the Unno Clan whose main base was on the otherside of the Chikuma River. Nakaojō later became a branch fortification of Komakijō.

See Chiisagata Komaki Castle for more information.

Visit Notes

Nakaojō is a small branch fort of Komakijō. It is hidden in a dark bamboo grove. Small, moss-covered hokora (mini shrines) and statuettes inhabit this shady ruin. There is a long, narrow rear bailey beneath a huge pinnacle of rock. The bamboo grows thickest here. To get through I occassionally had to break through dead bamboo which echoed in the quiet gloom. It was not difficult to imagine the mossy altars as inhabited by strange imps in this permanent, spectral twilight. The grove terminates in what looked to me like a decent sized trench. Beyond that is a wider mound which is now a small cemetery, and this was probably Nakaojō's main bailey. Beneath, where there may have been a terraced sub-bailey, are fields and orchards.


Castle Profile
English Name Nakao Castle (Chiisagata)
Japanese Name 小県中尾城
Founder Iwashita Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Hori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Shinano-Kokubunji Station on the Shinano Railway; 25 minute walk to trail head
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Ueda, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 22' 38.96" N, 138° 15' 33.01" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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