Kurata Castle (Ina)

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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.

Visit Notes

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.


Castle Profile
English Name Kurata Castle (Ina)
Japanese Name 伊那倉田城
Founder ???
Year Founded ???
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Tatebori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
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
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
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