Kan'onsaka Castle (Hanishina)
Kan'onsakajō was the residence of Murakami Kunikiyo, the son of Murakami Yoshikiyo; it is thought to have measured about 100m². The residence was built in 1583 after Murakami Kunikiyo was dismissed from his post at Kaiźujō (Matsushiro Castle). The site, which used the Maezawa River to the north as a moat, was abandoned after 1600.
Kan'onsakajō is a small castle remnant in Sakaki Town. The site today is fields and, to the south, housing. The remnants of the castle are centred around a shrine to Inari. Here there is an embankment which was used by the castle as fortified terrain. If one ascends the steps to the shrine up the embankment one can find a lonesome segment of dorui (an earthen rampart), actually part of the inari shrine as it has a hokora (mini shrine) atop. Other segments of dorui probably remain adjacent but these mounds were thickly coated in old vines and so I couldn't ascertain their status as ruins. Probably, being next to the confirmed dorui, they are old earthen walls, but with the amount of ropey old plants covering them they could've just've easily been old tractors! Well, I'm sure they were ruins...
|Murakami Kan'onsaka Castle
|Pre Edo Period
|Tekuno-Sakaki Station on the Shinano Railway; 10 minute walk
|24/7 free; fields
|Sakaki, Nagano Prefecture
|36° 26' 36.56" N, 138° 11' 29.00" E
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