Hori Castle (Minochi)

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Horijō was constructed, it is believed, in the Nanbokuchō period, and conquered by the Takanashi Clan in the Muromachi period. In the Sengoku period, the castellan was Odagiri Mondonoshō, a vassal of Murakami Yoshikiyo. Horijō was a layered structure with an inner and outer moat. The inner moat ran 70m east-west, and 75m north-south in a near-square configuration, whilst the outer moat was 145m long east-west, and 160m long north-south, making Horijō a significant fortification.

According to local tradition, following the defeat of Murakami Yoshikiyo by Takeda Shingen in 1553, Takeda forces captured Horijō and occupied it, using it in the battles and skirmishes around Kawanakajima. This oral history is supported by the number of families in the area who have family names common in Kai Province, the home province of the Kai-Takeda. It is believed that after Uesugi forces re-conquered the area, the castle's occupiers put down their arms and reverted to farming, cultivating the land in and around the castle. Perhaps they filled in the moats themselves.

Visit Notes

Minochi-Horijō is a fortified manor hall and hirajiro (flatland castle) site in the Minami-Hori neighbourhood of Nagano city. No ruins remain, but there is a signpost with an explanation about the site on next to a stone monument in someone's front garden. The neighbourhood name means 'South Moat'.

  • Marker and signboard with info

Castle Profile
English Name Hori Castle (Minochi)
Japanese Name 水内穂里城
Alternate Names Minamihori-yakata (南堀館)
Founder Nanbokuchō Period; Sengoku Period
Year Founded Odagiri Mondonoshō
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Asahi Station on the Nagano Line; 6 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 5 minutes
Website http://bunkazai-nagano.jp/modules/dbsearch/page0181.html
Location Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 39' 55.62" N, 138° 14' 24.76" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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