Nakajima Castle (Azumi)


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By tradition, founding of the castle is ascribed to Nakajima Naizen, who apparently had a residence here. Nakajimajō was likely just a small fort used as a look-out, and to watch traffic through the mountain roads. Smoke signals may have been sent from the fort. Although it is gone now, there was a shrine to Akiba on the hilltop here. Akiba is a diety related to fire, and therefore was called upon at such forts where smoke signals were often sent.

Visit Notes

Nakajimajō is a yamajiro (mountaintop castle) ruin in Ikeda Township, North Azumi County. It is a single bailey fort complex with an incomplete ring of terraced lower bailey space beneath the main bailey. There may be some other sculpting of the mountainside here and there, but impressions are indistinct.

  • Main bailey earthen ramparts

Castle Profile
English Name Nakajima Castle (Azumi)
Japanese Name 安曇中島城
Founder Nakajima Naizen
Year Founded Unknown
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Closest station is Shinano-Matsukawa Station on the Ôito Line; or, Shinano-Ômachi Station on the Ôito Line; rental cycle
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Ikeda, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 25' 49.40" N, 137° 53' 28.46" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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