Kamagatake Castle

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Visit Notes

Looking at a map it's not immediately clear why Kamagatakejō is considered separate to Kamogatakejō to the north, but visiting them one certainly gets the impression of two twinned sites. As the names imply the ruins are centred on two separate peaks. Kamagatakejō is the smaller. Though close to Kamogatakejō the scenery changes immediately here as Kamagatakejō is covered in waist-high juvenile bamboo. I wasn't expecting much but then I came to dorui with remains of ishigaki. Beyond here was a huge, deep karabori (dry moat) with steep sides which impressed me. The sides are indeed steep but luckily a rope is hung to allow visitors to descend into it. After that there's another trench, though much smaller, and it is obscurred by bamboo growth. Both Kamagatakejō and Kamogatakejō have fantastic trenches to traverse.


Castle Profile
English Name Kamagatake Castle
Japanese Name 鎌ヶ嶽城
Founder Nakano Clan; Takanashi Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Dorui, Ishigaki, Karabori, Horikiri
Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Shinshuu-Nakano Station on the Shinano Line; 20 minute walk to trail head
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Mountain
Time Required 40 minutes
Location Nakano, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 44' 24.14" N, 138° 23' 19.64" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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