Hime Castle (Chikuma)

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Himejō in Chikuma was a branch fortification of nearby Nishijō. See Nishijou Castle and Iinawa Castle for more information.

Visit Notes

To get to Chikuma-Himejō I went up the slope directly until I came across a trail which took me the rest of the way. The site of this yamajiro (mountaintop castle) is now that of a pylon. It may seem that there are no ruins, but approaching from below it looks like dorui (earthen ramparts) surrounding a bailey. The peak has been carved (kirigishi) and rendered steep. Beneath the ramparts is a narrow lip like a ring bailey. In the middle of the ramparts where the trail runs is a gap which may have been the site of a gate. Beneath here is what looks like a climbing trench. All of these features are better appreciated approaching from below from the direction of the Yamanokami Nature Park. I could not discern much on the otherside of the fort. The contours of the fort may have eroded with time or been disturbed when the pylon was constructed. This site is quite minor and should probably only be visited (if at all) as part of a wider exploration of the Iinawajō complex of fortifications. Himejō is definitely the type of site where the effort is its own reward .


Castle Profile
English Name Hime Castle (Chikuma)
Japanese Name 筑摩姫城
Founder Ogasawara Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Hori, Obikuruwa, Dorui, Kirigishi, Tatebori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Shiojiri Station on the Chūō Main Line; 60 minute walk to trail head, or descent from Nishijōjō
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 5' 0.28" N, 137° 57' 37.66" E
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