Koike-toride was built as a branch fort by the Ogasawara Clan in the early 16th century to supplement their network of defences in the area. It was taken over by the Momose Clan in the middle of the century who served as vassals of the Takeda Clan.
One never expects to find much visiting a toride ("toride" is a term which describes small fortifications), but Koike-toride was pretty interesting; I almost didn't come, but I had time after visiting Hachikenchōjajō. Koike-toride has dorui (earthwork embankments) and a mizubori (water moat) surrounding it in the east. The main enclosure is a private residence surrounded by rice paddies. The earthen ramparts looked fairly tall and thick, but now they are hidden beneath trees.
|English Name||Koike Fort|
|Year Founded||Early 16th Century|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Murai Station on the Chuo Line; 25 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; private property|
|Time Required||15 minutes|
|Location||Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 10' 10.60" N, 137° 58' 29.93" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|