Nechi Kuriyama Castle


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Kuriyamajō was the fortified residence of Murakami Yoshikiyo located at the foot of the Nechi Castle mount.

See Nechi Castle for more information.

Visit Notes

Kuriyamajō is a satellite fortification of Nechijō, though situated on the lower slopes of the mountain just above the valley, and it was used as a residence (by Murakami Yoshikiyo, and this is more than likely where he died) more so than for holding territory. Nonetheless some impressive earthworks remain in the fashion typical of a fortified manor hall, including tall dorui (earthen ramparts) and karabori (dry moats). There is terracing evident around the site but this may be due to agricultural activity in subsequent centuries. The site is now given over to cedar plantations.

  • Dry moat and embankments

Castle Profile
English Name Nechi Kuriyama Castle
Japanese Name 根知栗山城
Alternate Names 根地栗山城
Founder Uesugi Clan; Murakami Yoshikiyo
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Karabori, Dorui
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Nechi Station on the Oh'ito Line; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 57' 51.01" N, 137° 52' 39.36" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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