Kamei Castle (Murakami Clan Fort Network)
For more information see my profile on Murakami Kokuzousan Castle.
I vistied Kameijō as part of my tour of Kokuzōsanjō and its satellite fortifications. After more ups and downs I arrived at Kameijō, coming from Murakami Tsumi Castle, although the distance and effort from Kokuzōsanjō is not so great if one has already surmounted the highest peak (as opposed to coming up from this way). Although it looks quite close to Tsumijō in the picture I took from Kokuzōsanjō, Kameijō is actually a little bit further from Tsumijō than Tsuimijō is from Kokuzōsanjō, although the elevation interceding is not as drastic.
I think Kameijō is the smallest castle site I've visited. The main bailey felt little larger than my bedroom. I didn't see any sub-baileys either, or much of anything else other than the flattened space at this final peak.
From Kameijō I retraced my steps. Even though this meant doing some climbing sections I had already descended, the way back was much quicker and easier, the general trend being downward. I passed by a fork that went to Mochikoshijō. There was also what looked like it could be Iiźunajō visible down the mountain from Kameijō too. I missed both of these sites because I went all the way back past Takatsuyajō to take the turn to Murakami Kemurino Castle, which proved to be a wise choice...
|English Name||Murakami Kamei Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Nishi-Ueda Station on the Shinano Railway; hiking course|
|Visitor Information||Free; 24/7; Mountain|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Ueda, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 25' 47.53" N, 138° 13' 34.18" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|