Hoshina Maenoyama Fort
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.
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.
|English Name||Hoshina Maenoyama Fort|
|Year Founded||15th Century|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|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|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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