Myougiyama Noroshidai

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History

Myōgiyama-noroshidai was the site of a fortified signal or beacon tower, used to send smoke signals and keep watch over the surrounding plain and nearby mountains. The site was built over a kofun (ancient burial mound) complex.


Visit Notes

Myōgiyama-noroshidai was the site of a fortified signal or beacon tower, used to send smoke signals and keep watch over the surrounding plain and nearby mountains. The site was built over a kofun (ancient burial mound) complex, and these kofun can still be made out today (they have markers on them so they're easier to identify). As for the fort ruins, that's much more difficult, but there is a cleared area at the edge of the ridge which was likely the fort's main bailey. I looked for trenches along the ridge but only found a deeply set path descending the hill side. Just below Myōgiyama is a mogi ("Mogiyama" would be an easy slip of the tongue there) of sorts. Somebody built a scaled-down (about half-size) pretend castle on the roof of a (love) hotel building! The site no longer functions -- but is still inhabited (by an elderly lady) and so I must ask that if you go here not to trespass. This mogi site is certainly curious and alluring to a certain morbid type such as myself. I had come past before, but from Myōgiyama I was able to get a much better view, and I descended the mount to a forest road which ran by the site, and so I saw much more of the curious structure this way. The kofun were interesting but the highlight of this site was obviously getting close to this stupid mogi thing, haha. It's about a 12 minute drive (or 45 minute walk) from Matsumoto Castle, so you could swing by here if you visit the (real) castle.


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  • Mogi on Myougiyama


Castle Profile
English Name Myougiyama Noroshidai
Japanese Name 妙義山烽火台・妙義山狼煙台
Founder
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features
Visitor Information
Access Matsumoto Station; 17 minute drive or 55 minute walk.
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 15' 23.22" N, 137° 59' 28.43" E
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Admin
Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor ART
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