Negoya Castle (Sanada)




Negoyajō is thought to have been built by the Murakami Clan in the 1530s as a branch castle of Toishijō. The castle was captured by by anti-Murakami forces in 1551, and Takeda Shingen put one of his own men - or one of his close ally's own men, Ôguma Asahide, in charge, which may have been indicative of a lack of trust of Sanada Yukitaka given how close Negoyajō is to other Sanada sites. Asahide was eventually killed fighting for Takeda Katsuyori. Negoyajō is twinned with the smaller Sanada Chifuruya Castle located on a lower hill to the immediate south.

Visit Notes

Negoyajō has many terraced sub-baileys ascending like a staircase toward the main bailey. Remains of ishigaki can be seen here and there along the switchbacks and around the baileys. Looking for them is like an easter egg hunt because the patches of stones are everywhere, though often obscured by grass and bamboo. The largest ishigaki segment is by the entrance to the main bailey. There is a rear bailey of special note situated below the main bailey. There is another large blob of ishigaki around part of this rear enclosure. When I visited a large tree had collapsed and was straddling the bailey, making for some interesting terrain to traverse.

  • Ishigaki

Castle Profile
English Name Negoya Castle (Sanada)
Japanese Name 真田根小屋城
Alternate Names Kumaojō
Founder Murakami Yoshikiyo
Year Founded 1533
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Ishigaki, Dorui, Kuruwa, Hori
Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Ueda Station on the Shinano Railway; Sugadaira Bus from Ueda Station No.3 Bus Stop
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Mountain
Time Required 50 minutes
Location Ueda, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 26' 58.78" N, 138° 17' 29.58" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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