Matsushima Castle (Ina)


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Matsushimajō was built by the Matsushima Clan, vassals of Fujisawa Yorichika who ruled Fukuyo Castle. In 1545 Takeda Shingen invaded Ina Valley and the Matsushima Clan fell into line in his service. They rebelled against the Takeda Clan in 1556, however, and were executed at Kitsunejima.

Visit Notes

Matsushima Castle is a clifftop castle in Minowa Township. The ruins are now occupied by the Minowa Townhall and other facilities. There is a museum of the town nearby but there is little information about the castle there. Ruins may be said to include baileys and ramparts, but following the outline of the sloped cliff gives one the best impression of the layout of the former castle. There are stone markers commemorating the castle in front of the town hall and, across the road from it, another marker for the graves of the Matsushima Clan. The road which leads from below to the town hall was formerly the site of a moat which stretched around the whole of the castle. Several indentations in the cliff line may also indicate the presence of the former moat system. Now the site is mostly developed over and the moats filled in.


Castle Profile
English Name Matsushima Castle (Ina)
Japanese Name 伊那松島城
Founder Matsushima Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Trenches
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Ina-Matsushima Station on the Iida Line; 9 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 40 minutes
Location Minowa, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 54' 52.31" N, 137° 58' 57.61" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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