Kurata Castle (Ina)
Kurata Castle was built with a long, narrow profile up against a sloping cliff face. Trenches were dug "inland" from the cliff, creating the castle's baileys, which were at least five in number. The site is now farmland.
Kuratajō is a clifftop castle ruin. I took the road from the station up to the top of the hill. Exploring the tree line at the back of several fields I found trenches cutting in from the cliff face in two places. There were more trenches further along but I ran out of time to explore them all. It was quite difficult to climb down into and see them at any rate. In the second trench I descended into I saw a fox flitting through the trees.
|English Name||Ina Kurata Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Kitatono Station on the Iida Line; 5 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||40 minutes|
|Location||Minami-Minowa, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 52' 34.79" N, 137° 58' 59.48" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|