Higashi Wada Castle
Higashi-Wadajō (East Wada Castle) is paired with Nishi-Wadajō (West Wada Castle). Together these pair of fortifications were known as Wadajō (a name which many castle sites share throughout the country, by the way). It is thought that the Wada fortifications were built in 1473 by the Miyashita Clan who had their fortified residence nearby. In the early 16th century the Miyashita came under the domain of the Murakami Clan. Miyashita Masafuku was the castellan of Wadajō at that time; he died in 1543 and was followed by his son, Miyashita Masatsune. Following the defeat of Murakami Yoshikiyo by Takeda Shingen in 1553, the Miyashita Clan reverted to farming.
I was hopeful that I might find some ruins of Nishi-Wadajō since the site is now a park, but really it is a sports park with large stadia. Probably it was developed around the time Nagano hosted the Winter Olympics. Any castle ruins that might've been were obliterated at that time.
|Higashi Wada Castle
|Pre Edo Period
|Kita-Nagano Station on the Kita-Shinano Line; 15 minute walk
|Free; 24/7; Park
|Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
|36° 39' 28.08" N, 138° 13' 56.24" E
|Added to Jcastle
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