Toyo Castle (Murakami Clan Fort Network)

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See Murakami Katsurao Castle for more background information on the Murakami Clan.

Visit Notes

Toyojō is one of the smaller forts in the Murakami Renju Toride (村上連珠砦), a network of fortifications strung about the mountains like a 'pearl necklace'. I had hoped, since it is featured in a book of yamajiro in the area alongside larger forts, that Toyojō might be nearly as exciting as Hanagoyajō which is located nearby. However, it is a fairly small and basic fort. It has a main bailey with a trench to the rear. There is a lower bailey. Possibly there used to be more baileys going like a ladder down the hillside, but this area is now cultivated and so the land may have been modified for use by farmers in subsequent centuries. Toyojō is at least located on a relatively lower hill and so not difficult to climb to. This was my first castle visit with the onset of spring; the weather was pleasant and there were many birds out, including some big fat blue ones, and so I was quite optimistic about the day ahead.

  • Sub-bailey

Castle Profile
English Name Toyo Castle (Murakami Clan Fort Network)
Japanese Name 村上豊城
Founder Murakami Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Toyotono Route bus from Ueda Station on the Shinano Railway
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Ueda, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 25' 7.79" N, 138° 16' 9.88" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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