Tazawa Castle (Chikuma)
Tazawajō is thought to have been a branch castle of Hikarujō. See Hikaru Castle for more information.
Chikuma-Tazawajō is located along the ridge on the way up the mountain to Hikarujō, which was my main destination that day. There is a hiking trail to be found near Tazawa Station. There is a path cut into the mountainside as one draws close to the castle site, and this may also be a castle feature (堀低道?). The shape of the baileys at this site are rather hard to discern and there is bamboo growing over parts, but the large trenches are unmistakable. I was able to reach Hikarujō in short order from here.
|English Name||Chikuma Tazawa Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Dorui, Karabori, Kuruwa|
|Access||Tazawa Station on the Shinonoi Line; 10 minute walk to hiking trail|
|Visitor Information||Free; 24/7; Mountain|
|Time Required||40 minutes|
|Location||Azumino, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 18' 45.50" N, 137° 56' 25.51" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|