According to the "Report on the Distribution of Medieval Castle Ruins in Nagano Prefecture" edited by the Nagano Prefectural Board of Education, there was a beacon tower on this mountain during the Warring States period.
From the Yamanokami Nature Park the peak of Kiridōzan takes about an hour and a half to climb to. I ascended after having already come back down from the site of Himejō. The trail is easy to follow. It has many switchbacks. Near the top of the trail is a very steep section where the path splits into two. The steeper slope is called "man's slope" and the gentler, weaving path is called "woman's slope". Well, I may be comfortably masculine enough to order a barcadi mohito from a pretty barmaid, but I wasn't going to let the mountain emasculate me, and so I took the man's slope at a gambol.
The view from the top is stunning. There used to be a fortified signal tower on this peak. There was a fellow up there doing something with radios; he seemed like an amateur enthusiast. I suppose there are lots of reasons to climb mountains. Here I made a start on my provisions, which consisted of bacon-flavoured poppiri.
|English Name||Kiridouzan Noroshidai|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||The trail from Yamanokami Nature Park takes 90 to 120 mins; the trail from Kita-Ono takes about 80 mins up. Ono Station on the Chūō East Line is the nearest station to a trail head..|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; mountain|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 3' 50.22" N, 137° 57' 3.85" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|