Nabeyamajou Fort


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Nabeyamajō-toride was used as part of a network of fortifications protecting the territory of Aida and guarding the mountain trail that led between valleys (in former times mountain ridges were a frequently used means of going to-and-fro'). As a small fort, it was principally used as a fortified look-out. Although abandoned in the past several decades, there was once a vibrant village community living on this mountainside. The villagers of Gōrindaira may have used Nabeyamajō-toride as a watcher tower and redoubt.

Visit Notes

Nabeyamajō-toride is a single bailey fort ruin with some scant traces of terracing to the rear. Climbing from Kemijō I came to a fork in the ridge. The right I followed to Saminejō and Sasanojō. I backtracked and then followed the left, taking a well developed trail down to Nabeyamajō-toride ruins. The path wraps around this site, with the peak rising above; it'd be easy to miss. These minor fort remnants have very little to offer but I came by the site on the way down the mountain to Ametoyajō and Sasagajō. The name is somewhat amusing. It's like it was originally called a "castle" but "toride", meaning "fort", was tacked on the end in admission of how small the site is; the full name could be rendered in English "pot mountain castle fort".

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Castle Profile
English Name Nabeyamajou Fort
Japanese Name 鍋山城砦
Founder Aida Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Dan-kuruwa
Visitor Information
Access Nearest station is Akashina Station on the Shinonoi Line; hike from Hanami Castle site, turning left at the fork; or forestry road from Aida
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 21' 47.20" N, 137° 58' 14.70" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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