Daikan'yama Fort

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Daikan'yama-toride was a branch fortification of Iotojō above. For more info' see: Ioto Castle

Visit Notes

No ruins remain of Daikan’yama-toride, but the hilltop is flat and spacious, indicating that the terrain had probably been levelled at some point.

To reach the site of Daikan’yama-toride I passed through a strange place called ‘Nectar Village’. Although this sounds like it should be a factory for confectionery, it is in fact a cultist compound. The deserted village had no road-blocks and so I strolled right through, pausing to observe the architecture and full-size recreations of characters from the famous anime ‘Totoro’, including a very dubious ‘Catbus’. Kanro no Sato is a compound belonging to the new religious group Honbushin, established in 1962. Honbushin is a branch of Honmichi, established 1913, which in turn is a branch of Tenri-kyō, established in 1838. Both off-shoot groups have doctrines derived from Tenri-kyō. Tenrik-kyō claims to have two million followers, mostly in Japan, whilst Honmichi has over 300,000 and Honbushin has over 900,000, but in my opinion these organisations can’t be trusted not to inflate their own figures, and their registers may contain people who only briefly interacted with them. Core adherents nonetheless tend not patronise other faiths. Honbushin was once headquartered in Shiojiri, presumably here at Kanro no Sato, between 1962 and 1969, after which it moved to Okayama. Japan’s ‘new faiths’ often announce themselves with large architectural projects and religious monuments. Once the money from members flows in, their charismatic leaders can’t resist leaving their mark!

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Castle Profile
English Name Daikan'yama Fort
Japanese Name 代官山砦
Founder Inukai Hanzaemon
Year Founded Early 16th Century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Nearest station is Midoriko Station on the Chūō East Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 5' 55.72" N, 138° 0' 32.80" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
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