Koike Fort

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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.

Visit Notes

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.


Castle Profile
English Name Koike Fort
Japanese Name 小池砦
Founder Ogasawara Clan
Year Founded Early 16th Century
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
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
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
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54 months ago
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This "toride" would pass for a castle in Koka haha