Gouda Fort

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Visit Notes

This earthworks fortification ruin is now overgrown with bamboo and other vegetation, making exploration inadvisable. Groping like a blind man through the dense flora, I nonetheless was able to identify various features and get an approximate idea of the layout of the fort. Features – ruins – include kuruwa (baileys), koshikuruwa (hip baileys), obikuruwa (belt bailey), dorui (earthen ramparts), dobashi (earthen bridges), hori (trenches), and koguchi (gate complexes). Since the foliage obscures everything, it was not easy to photograph – meaningfully – said features. The castle mount is called Masugatayama, though this probably refers to the shape of the mountain more so than any castle feature.

  • castle mount from below, left side

Castle Profile
English Name Gouda Fort
Japanese Name 郷田砦
Founder Sasa Narimasa
Year Founded 1583
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Koshikuruwa, Obikuruwa, Koguchi, Dorui, Dobashi, Hori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Tazoe Station on the Toyama Area Rail Tateyama Line; 60 minute walk
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Mountain
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Kamiichi, Toyama Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 40' 36.34" N, 137° 22' 9.12" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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