Minochi Yomogidaira Castle
Yomogidairajō was the fortified residence of Obinata Chikugo who died resisting Takeda Shingen's invasion of Obinata territory. The castle is presumed to have been destroyed following the conflict.
Yomogidairajō ("Mugwort Plateau Castle") was the first castle site I visited in Kinasa. The site is quite curious and unusual. Essentially there are two baileys, with an intermediary terraced bailey in between. The main bailey, or upper bailey, is surrounded by the second, chiefly to the south, but also to the west where it forms a narrow sub-bailey. I came up via this area. There was no trail. Interestingly the main bailey is not at the top of the hill. Instead there is a narrow, flattened ridgeline which functioned as a sort of natural earthen rampart segment to protect the castle's east. One can see from below that this ridgeline has been worked into a series of flat, stair-like platforms. I initially climbed up onto the ridge expecting to see more of the castle not its terminus! The main bailey likely was the site of an Obinata Clan residence. There are some more terraced areas below but these are now homesteads.
|English Name||Minochi Yomogidaira Castle|
|Year Founded||16th century|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Nagano Station; 40 minute drive, or bus to Kinasa and 15 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Private Property|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Nagano, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 41' 0.38" N, 138° 0' 38.74" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|