Kemurino Castle (Murakami Clan Fort Network)
For more information see my profile on Murakami Kokuzousan Castle.
After passing Takatsuyajō (descending) there is a fork in the path. One way goes to Wagōjō and the other which turns off goes to Kemurinojō ("Castle of Smoke"). It's about 10 minutes from the fork to Kemurinojō. This was one of the best sites I visited, along with Wagōjō and Kokūzōjō, due to the impressive trenches between boulders and remaining ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts) to be found. I ended my tour of Murakami castle sites on Mount Kokuzō here.
Kemurinojō is a ridge castle with two integral baileys, around which there remains a lot of stonework, as well as many smaller baileys separated by five deep trenches. The name of the fort may imply that it functioned as a fortified smoke signal tower.
|Murakami Kemurino Castle
|Pre Edo Period
|Kuruwa, Dorui, Horikiri, Tatebori, Ishigaki
|trenches, stone walls
|Nishi-Ueda Station on the Shinano Railway; hiking course (descend from route to Takatsuyajou)
|Free; 24/7; Mountain
|Ueda, Nagano Prefecture
|36° 25' 27.26" N, 138° 12' 44.03" E
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