Igawa Castle

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Igawajō was essentially the fortified residence of the Ogasawara Clan built in 1334 (as a yakata) upon the appointment of Ogasawara Sadamune as Governor of Shinano Province. In 1446 the Ogasawara relocated to an easier-to-defend location 4km away at Hayashi Castle. Igawajō's designation as a castle rather than as merely a fortified manor house is likely due to its continued use as a fort throughout the Sengoku Period. Igawa is an area noted for having abundant water supply.

Visit Notes

In suburban Matsumoto there is a plot of agricultural land surrounded by residential sprawl. This patch of greenery represents the ruins of Igawa Castle, a nationally designated historic site. Of the remains of the castle there are few. In addition to the remains of a hori (trench) there is a significant artificial mound, thought to have perhaps been the foundation of a castle tower (id est, a yaguradai). In this area many archaelogical investigations have been carried out, which is maybe why it hasn't been developed over yet.


Castle Profile
English Name Igawa Castle
Japanese Name 井川城
Founder Ogasawara Clan
Year Founded 1334
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Yaguradai, Hori, Yaguradai
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Nishi-Matsumoto Station on the Kamikouchi Line; walk 10 minutes
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 13' 20.35" N, 137° 57' 52.20" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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