Tsumi Castle (Murakami Clan Fort Network)

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Visit Notes

I visited Tsumijō as part of my tour of Murakami castle sites on Mount Kokuzō. A short descent and ascent bring one from Kokuzōsanjō on the ultimate peak to this narrow branch fort. It has a sign but no explanations or map - unlike the other sites. Maybe not many people come here? That was probably true even when the castles were manned. Between Kokūzōjō and Tsumijō is a path to another site, Mochikoshijō, I didn't have time to visit that day; that path eventually leads out via Zama-jinja. Tsumijō consists of mostly baileys, including some koshikuruwa (sub-baileys) carved into the mountain slope, and one long main bailey.


Castle Profile
English Name Tsumi Castle (Murakami Clan Fort Network)
Japanese Name Murakami-Tsumijō
Alternate Names Tsugijō
Founder Murakami Yoshikiyo
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Koshikuruwa, Hori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Nishi-Ueda Station on the Shinano Railway; hiking course
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Ueda, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 25' 46.42" N, 138° 13' 25.10" E
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