Hori Castle (Minochi)
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.
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'.
|Hori Castle (Minochi)
|Nanbokuchō Period; Sengoku Period
|Pre Edo Period
|Asahi Station on the Nagano Line; 6 minute walk
|Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
|36° 39' 55.62" N, 138° 14' 24.76" E
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