Kirihara Castle (Minochi)
Kirihara Castle (Chikuma-Kiriharajō) in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, is a relatively well known castle ruin due to its outstanding stone-piled wall remains. However, there is another Kirihara Castle (Minochi-Kiriharajō): this one, which is located in Nagano City. It is associated with the same Kirihara Clan, and some believe this site to be their original base. The nearby shrine is called Kiriharamaki-jinja.
The site of Kiriharajō is now a residential area, shrine, Kiriharamaki-jinja, and temple, Seirinji. No ruins remain. I came here as part of my impromptu Nagano City castle walk.
|English Name||Minochi Kirihara Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Kirihara Station on the Nagano Line; 3 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; temple|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Nagano, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 39' 53.21" N, 138° 12' 57.06" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|