Itousakaue Fort


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One of many minor forts built by the Nishimaki Clan to protect their bases at Ota Yakata and Azumi Nishimaki Castle. The forts were built along a cliff overlooking a river plain.

Visit Notes

The ruins of Itōsakaue-toride are located on a small promontory of earth which overlooks the plain below. Beyond an apple orchard there is a forested area with horikiri (trenches) dividing the elevated peninsular into increasingly narrow segments. Itōsaka-toride was a simple fort which made deft use of terrain with some earthworks to enhance its defensive capabilities.


Castle Profile
English Name Itousakaue Fort
Japanese Name 伊藤坂上砦
Founder Nishimaki Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Horikiri, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Shimojima Station on the Kamikouchi Line; 35 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; farmland
Time Required 15 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 13' 32.34" N, 137° 51' 43.09" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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