Ina Kokuro Castle


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Kokuro Castle is listed as 小黒之古堡 ("Kokuro Old Fort") in a list of towns and villages of Nagano Prefecture. Judging by its size and layout it likely functioned as a fortified residence in medieval times. Considering it must be quite old, it's fortunate that earthen ramparts still remain all around the central enclosure. The fortification once also encompassed outer enclosures to the north and west.

Visit Notes

Kokurojō ("Little Black Castle") is located further along the cliff which overlooks the plain from Ina Kasuga Castle. It is now a forested area with a small shrine. Dorui (earth-piled ramparts) are evident around the compound. The site overlooks the cliff to the east, and to the north and west is a karabori (dry moat). To the south is a road which climbs through a break in the cliff line. Following the earthen ramparts around the main bailey I saw some suggestive piles of stones here and there.


Castle Profile
English Name Ina Kokuro Castle
Japanese Name 伊那小黒城
Alternate Names 小黒之古堡
Founder Kokuro Clan?
Year Founded Sengoku Period?
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Dorui, Karabori, Tatebori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Ina-shi Station on the Iida Line; 25 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; shrine
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Ina, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 49' 46.88" N, 137° 56' 49.70" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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