Murakami Kashiwayama Castle

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History

Kashiwayamajō was an important link in a chain of forts utilised by the Murakami Clan. It may have been originally built by the Unno Clan to protect against the Murakami, but in any case the Murakami conquered the castle and at a later time re-fortified it with deep trenches (which was the style at the time).


Visit Notes

Kashiwayamajō is made up of two fortified areas, the lower castle and the upper castle. I treat them here as one site, as the upper castle is the more impressive of the two and I consider the lower fort as a branch fort or detached bailey of the upper. Both parts are made up of small baileys and trenches, but the rear trenches of the upper fort are impressive, and the trench beneath the main bailey is very deep and wide for a small fort complex. I was also able to see the castle's shape in profile whilst climbing at lower elevation, and here Kashiwayamajō appears like a huge wave arising out of an otherwise tame ridgeline.




Gallery
  • Huge trench cutting into ridge


Castle Profile
English Name Murakami Kashiwayama Castle
Japanese Name 村上柏山城
Founder Murakami Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Horikiri, Dorui, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Ueda Sation on the Shinano Railway; bus to Kamishina; 20 minute walk to Sumiyoshi
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 40 minutes
Location Ueda, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 25' 31.84" N, 138° 16' 47.93" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
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