Mochikoshi Castle (Murakami Clan Fort Network)


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Mochikoshijō was part of a series of forts used by the Murakami Clan on Mount Kokuzō. Mochikoshijō was used primarily as a storage depot for supplying the other forts in the network. For more information see my profile on Murakami-Kokuzōsanjō.

Visit Notes

Zama-jinja grants access to Mochikoshijō (“Deferred Castle”) via a path that climbs up from the left of the main hall. Mochikoshijō is quite an atypical site in its layout. It features ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts), dorui (earthen ramparts), tatebori (climbing trenches) and other earthworks. There are two main enclosures, the lower and the higher. The lower is long with remnants of ramparts and ishigaki heaped to the right (ascending) and to the left there is more ishigaki but one has to look beyond the old parapets to the steep sides of the bailey to see the remains of the stone walls. The upper bailey is terraced, with a lower and upper portion, and the lower is protected by a prominent row of dorui. To the rear of this bailey is a climbing trench to the left and a dorui segment to the right which would’ve formed between them a secure rear gate.

  • Ishigaki and dorui around lower bailey

Castle Profile
English Name Mochikoshi Castle (Murakami Clan Fort Network)
Japanese Name 村上持越城
Founder Murakami Yoshikiyo
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Ishigaki, Hori, Kuruwa
Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Nishi-Ueda Station on the Shinao Railway; 12 minute walk to trailhead at Zama-jinja
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 50 minutes
Location Ueda, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 25' 24.78" N, 138° 13' 10.52" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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