Nata Castle




A fortification existed at this site as early as the Togashi Clan's control of the area in the Nanbokuchō Period. In the Sengoku Period Natajō and Natadera were used by the Ikkō Sect but during the Battle of Natajō of 1580 Shibata Katsuie conquered the castle. After Oda Nobunaga's eradication of the Ikkō-Ikki, Maeda Toshiie rebuilt the temple, but no fortifications were rebuilt.

Visit Notes

Natajō, which shares a mountain with Natadera, was a Sengoku Period castle probably most curious for its "dead man's slope" and originally being accessed via a tunnel. Rock formations create natural barriers which protect it. There were no trails from the temple so I couldn't get very far with this one, but the purpose of the visit was anyway to see the temple so I wasn't too fussed. Where I had wanted to find a trail near a large pond I saw a horikiri and rock cutting, but there was a sign there refusing entry.


Castle Profile
English Name Nata Castle
Japanese Name 那谷城
Founder Togashi Clan
Year Founded Nanbokuchō Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts 郭・堀・堀切・土塁 Kuruwa, hori, horikiri, dorui
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Iburihashi Station, Hokuriku Main Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 30 mins
Location Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 18' 38.59" N, 136° 25' 21.83" E
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Added to Jcastle 2019
Contributor ART
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