Dokyou Castle


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Dokyōjō is thought to have been a satellite fortification of Wakatsukiyamajō. It may have been used as a noroshidai (signal tower). See Wakatsukiyama Castle for more info'.

Visit Notes

Dokyōjō is a yamajiro (mountaintop castle) ruin in Uwano Village, Nagano Municipality. The structure is a single bailey complex with a main bailey surrounded by a partial obikuruwa (ring bailey) below. The rear to the main bailey has a horikiri (trench). The bailey seems to trail off toward the descending ridge where impressions of earthworks become indistinct, and this area may have been disturbed when the pylon now on site was constructed. Nonetheless, there is some indication of dorui (earthen ramparts). There is an explanation board on-site. There is another cutting to the rear of the ridge, but this appears to be just for an old footpath.

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Castle Profile
English Name Dokyou Castle
Japanese Name 土京城
Alternate Names Dokyōyamajō (土京山城 )
Founder Uesugi Kenshin?
Year Founded Mid' 16th Century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Horikiri, Dorui, Kuruwa, &c.
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Nearest station is Sansai Station on the Kita-Shinano Line; 35 minute walk to castle-mount; or, rental bicycle from Nagano Station
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 41' 41.03" N, 138° 13' 36.30" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
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