Samine Castle (Chikuma)


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Saminejō was a branch fortification of Chikuma-Sasanojō to the immediate south. See: Chikuma Sasano Castle.

Visit Notes

Saminejō has a very simple layout with a narrow profile straddling the ridgeline. There are two trenches on the mountainside rear of the castle which protect two principal baileys linked by an earthen bridge. Beyond the second bailey are more trenches and a couple of tertiary baileys. A fallen tree leans out over the final bailey. Climbing along it a little gave me a nice view of the castle mount. Saminejō is located above Sasanojō and served as its branch fort. At a right angle to that fort it juts out to the west from the main ridgeline which is also a municipal border.

  • Large trench between small baileys

Castle Profile
English Name Samine Castle (Chikuma)
Japanese Name 筑摩三峯城
Founder Horidaira Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Horikiri, Kirigishi
Visitor Information
Access Hike up the ridge from Kemi Castle site following the trail (30+ minutes); or hike up from Sasano Castle site (5+ minutes)
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 21' 46.01" N, 137° 57' 18.22" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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