Fujimakijō was the fortified residence of the Fujimaki Clan, related to the Hirota Clan who built Hirotajō to the immediate east. Hirotajō was first built by the Hirota Clan in 1400 as a simple fortified residence. The Hirota were succeeded by the Fujimaki Clan who built their own residence immediately to the west. However, these initial medieval residences appear to have been abandoned before Takeda Shingen conquered the area. Both the Hirota and Fujimaki joined Uesugi Kenshin in opposing Takeda Shingen, including at Kawanakajima. Takeda vassal Ôbinata Naonaga became castellan of Hirotajō from 1555 and expanded the fortifications into several rings of defences for use during the Kawanakajima campaigns.
Fujimakijō is a hirajiro (flatland castle) site in Tamaki village, Inasato Township, Nagano Municipality. The site is conflated with that of Hirotajō which is directly east. The site today is now a temple, Tōshōji, and ruins of dorui (earthen ramparts) remain. It would be easy to conclue that the temple, today surrounded by a road like a moat - and cemetery plots, stands exactly where did a fortified residence. It appears that the temple was originally wholly surrounded by dorui, and so these must be the remains of the residence - a small residence - of which only a segment of dorui survives in the north.
However, under the aegis of Takeda Shingen, Hirotajō was expanded, and these expansions may have incorporated extant fortifications at Fujimakijō into an outer bailey space. One gets the impression of two fortified residences rather than of a vast fortification here. Fujimakijō's exact relationship with Hirotajō remains something of a mystery to me.
|Pre Edo Period
|Imai Station on the Shin'etsu Main Line; 35 minute walk
|24/7 free; temple
|Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
|36° 35' 42.76" N, 138° 10' 16.00" E
|Added to Jcastle
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