Nishi Wada Castle


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Nishi-Wadajō was paired with Higashi-Wadajō. Together these pair of fortifications were known as Wadajō (a name which many castle sites share throughout the country, by the way). It is thought that the Wada fortifications were built in 1473 by the Miyashita Clan who had their fortified residence nearby. In the early 16th century the Miyashita came under the domain of the Murakami Clan. Miyashita Masafuku was the castellan of Wadajō at that time; he died in 1543 and was followed by his son, Miyashita Masatsune. Following the defeat of Murakami Yoshikiyo by Takeda Shingen in 1553, the Miyashita Clan reverted to farming.

Visit Notes

Nishi-Wadajō is an obscure fortification site in the Higashi-Wada neighbourhood of Nagano city. It has been completely developed over. Names of vicinities / locales remain such as Shiromae-minami (Afore Castle South), Shiromae-higashi (Afore Castle East), and Shirobori-seki (Castle Moat Weir) (readings are my guess).

I first went to Higashi-Wadajō thinking there might maybe just be some castle ruins to find, but there wasn't. This was in 2020 as part of a 'castle-walk'. It kind of bothered me that I didn't have much information on the site, as it was part of a complex of fortifications. So, after doing some more research, I went to Nishi-Wadajō knowing there was nothing to see but figuring I better go anyway for the sake of completing the pair.


Castle Profile
English Name Nishi Wada Castle
Japanese Name 西和田城
Alternate Names Wadajō
Founder Miyashita Clan
Year Founded 1473
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Kita-Nagano Station on the Kita-Shinano Line; 25 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 0 minutes
Location Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 39' 6.73" N, 138° 13' 18.44" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Shinano Rotanki
Nippon Shiro Meguri

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