Higuchiuchi Castle (Ina)

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Higuchiuchijō was a Sengoku period fort built from terracing the hillside. It was likely built by Ina forces as a satellite fortification of Kōjin’yamajō around 1544 in order to oppose Takeda Shingen’s invasion of Ina (some say it could’ve been built by Takeda forces to besiege Kōjin’yamajō, but it is very close to the Kōjin’yama castle mount and much lower situated, which seems to me like a dangerous place to build a besieging fort). In later times the fort’s earthworks were converted into tillable fields and lost much of their shape.

See also Ina Koujin'yama Castle.

Visit Notes

Higuchiuchijō is now fields, and much of the site has been ploughed through by an expressway. However, the terracing to the east of the highway is redolent of a hillside fort.


Castle Profile
English Name Higuchiuchi Castle (Ina)
Japanese Name 伊那樋口内城
Founder 伊那衆
Year Founded c. 1544
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Ina-Shinmachi Station on the Iida Line; 20 minute walk.
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Tatsuno, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 57' 43.99" N, 137° 59' 40.74" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
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