Samine Castle (Chikuma)
Saminejō was a branch fortification of Chikuma-Sasanojō to the immediate south. See: Chikuma Sasano Castle.
Saminejō has a very simple layout with a narrow profile straddling the ridgeline. There are two trenches on the mountainside rear of the castle which protect two principal baileys linked by an earthen bridge. Beyond the second bailey are more trenches and a couple of tertiary baileys. A fallen tree leans out over the final bailey. Climbing along it a little gave me a nice view of the castle mount. Saminejō is located above Sasanojō and served as its branch fort. At a right angle to that fort it juts out to the west from the main ridgeline which is also a municipal border.
|English Name||Chikuma Samine Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Kuruwa, Horikiri, Kirigishi|
|Access||Hike up the ridge from Kemi Castle site following the trail (30+ minutes); or hike up from Sasano Castle site (5+ minutes)|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; mountain|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 21' 46.01" N, 137° 57' 18.22" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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