Machimura Fort




Not much is known about the origins of this site, but it was likely used as a branch fortification of nearby Kita-Kumaijō. It’s also possible that fortifications were first erected here to protect the jōkashūraku, the village attached to the castle, forming a fortified settlement, and this is where name of the site derives.

Visit Notes

The original contours of this fortified settlement have been obscured by development, but the main fortified area, which is now a cemetery, I found quite easy to identify. Essentially there is a single small bailey surrounded by dorui (earthen ramparts), some segments of which are quite tall and thick. To the front of the bailey is natural elevation, and to the rear there is a depression which looks like it was excavated as a trench. These earthworks are all that remain. It is thought that the main bailey contained a watch tower.

  • Dorui

Castle Profile
English Name Machimura Fort
Japanese Name 町村砦
Alternate Names 町村
Founder Unknown
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Kuruwa, Karabori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Shiojiri Station on the Chūō Main Line; 50 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7; Free; Cemetery
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 7' 44.65" N, 137° 58' 39.50" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor ART
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