Minami Majino Castle

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According to the 『守矢頼真書留』, around 1542 Minami-Majinojō was built or occupied by the Yajima Clan who were originally based in Kuwabara Castle. This is supposed to have taken place during or as a result of Takeda Shingen's invasion of Suwa and the attack on Suwa Yorishige's forces directed from Kuwabarajō. So the Yajima were fighting for Shingen it seems.

That is all that is known of the castle and the date of the castle's abandonment is unknown. Minami-Majinojō might've been twinned with Gongenzawa Castle as that site was also called Kita-Majinojō.

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. 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 Kami-Suwa Station on the Chuo Line; 80 minute walk
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
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