Owaribe Castle (Minochi)

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Historical records are conflicted but it is thought that this was the fortified residence of the Owaribe Clan. Owaribe Saburō was defeated by Takeda Shingen in the middle 16th century and forced to abandon his base.

Visit Notes

After visiting three dud sites as part of my walking tour of fortification sites in suburban Nagano I finally found some actual fortification ruins at Owaribejō. It's not much, just deformed segments of dorui (earthen embankments) in a rectangular formation. These would've surrounded a medieval manor house. The site today is now a small recreational park named for the castle.


Castle Profile
English Name Owaribe Castle (Minochi)
Japanese Name 水内尾張部城
Founder Owaribe Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Kita-Nagano Station on the Kita-Shinano Line; 35 minute walk
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Park
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 38' 50.71" N, 138° 13' 48.40" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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