Michikusa Fort

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Michikusa-toride was a branch fortification of the Natsumichi-toride. See my profile on Natsumichi Fort for more information.

Visit Notes

Michikusa-toride is located across Eagle Gorge from the main site of Natsumichi-toride, and it is bounded by another gorge in the west. There are supposed to be some baileys here but I found the site quite overgrown. Since this hillside was once cultivated with mulberry plantations, and now hosts pylons, it seems the contours of the fort have been obscured. A heap of stone blocks I found suggested to me the former existence of an altar for some god connected with the production of silk. Toward the rear, just before the last gorge, the earth was heaped up suggestively, and it was easy to imagine that a gate had stood here on the Summer Road where the path bends around to cross at the top of the final gorge.

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  • Embankment over creek

Castle Profile
English Name Michikusa Fort
Japanese Name 道草砦
Founder Kiso Yoshimasa
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Shinshimashima Station on the Kamikōchi Line; 15 minute walk to trailhead
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 10' 45.80" N, 137° 47' 54.96" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
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