Minami Majino Castle

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Minami-Majino was constructed by the Yajima Clan, vassals of Suwa Yorishige. The Majino area grants access to a pass leading to the territory of the Takatô Clan who had sided with Takeda Shingen, so a strong fort was needed their to protect Suwa's flank. In 1542 Suwa Yorishige was defeated and was taken down to Kai where he was compelled to commit suicide some time later.

Following the rise of Suwa Mitsuchika under Takeda Shingen, Minami-Majinojō may have acted as the fortified redoubt for Mitsuchika's residence which was located at the foot of the mountain.

Visit Notes

Getting to the ruins of Minami-Majinojō ('South Majino Castle') was no mean feat. I had to do some free climbing without using trails. It's actually the second highest situated castle site in Suwa County. Eventually I was rewarded with the evident ruins of the castle's shukuruwa (main bailey), topped with dorui (earthen ramparts) and protected in the rear by a large karabori (dry moat). I descended via the castle's sub-baileys which terraced the mountain ridge. The mountain itself also had some interesting features like large, sacred boulders and old stone-pilings at the base which I supposed might be from the later Edo Period (after the castle's time).


Castle Profile
English Name Minami Majino Castle
Japanese Name 南真志野城
Founder Yajima Clan
Year Founded 1542
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Karabori, Koshikuruwa, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Nearest station is Kami-Suwa Staiton on the Chūō Main Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 50 minutes
Location Suwa, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 0' 21.85" N, 138° 5' 24.11" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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