Korin Castle (Ina)
Korinjō ("Fox Wood Castle") is said to have been the seat of Lord Rinjirō or some such other soldier of fortune. Nearby Misonoko Castle was controlled by a Hayashi Clan (same 林 character used). The Hayashi Clan were vassals of the Kasuga Clan and all likelihood Korinjō was built as a satellite fortification of Kasugajō.
I did have fun scowering the hillside for possible remains, even though it was futile. I was at peak castle explorer. I looked down the side of the shrine hall to see a tatebori, but I couldn't make it out. One apparently existed here but now it must be quite deformed. Other hori (moats) existed beyond where the shrine stands, helping to divide the jutting cliffspace into defensible portions, but they have long been filled in and built over.
|English Name||Ina Korin Castle|
|Founder||Rinjirou / Hayashi Clan|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Inakita Station on the Iida Line; two minute walk to trail head|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; park|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Ina, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 50' 44.52" N, 137° 57' 38.84" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|