Hoshina Maenoyama Fort

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Hoshina-Maenoyama-toride, also called just Hoshina-Maeyama-toride, was part of a complex of fortifications used by the Hoshina Clan, centred around Sōdaijijō, to protect their territory and their manor hall, the Hoshina-yakata.

See Soudai Castle for more information.

Visit Notes

Hoshina-Maenoyama-toride, meaning 'Fort on the mountain above Hoshina', is a yamajiro (mountaintop castle) ruin located in the Wakaho Township of Nagano Municpality. Ruins include earthworks such as horikiri (trenches). This is a small fort with a simply layout consisting of a flattened bailey space along the mountain ridge overlooking the plain. To the front the mountain slopes downward, and to the rear there is a horikiri. A little above the fort site is the Danjō Rock, a large boulder which seems ready to topple off the mountain but obligingly doesn't.

  • Dobashi (earthen bridge) with trenches either side

Castle Profile
English Name Hoshina Maenoyama Fort
Japanese Name 保科前の山砦
Founder Hoshina Masatoshi
Year Founded 15th Century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access I cycled to the mountain after renting an 'e-bike' from opposite Suzaka Station; take the trail to Mount Tarou
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 35' 38.94" N, 138° 15' 33.16" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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