Shimofuri Fort




Shimofuri-toride was a branch fort of Kirihara Castle. It is mentioned in the Shinputōki as "Shimofuri no Shiro", ruins set to the east of Kiriharajō, with horikiri. The same document mentions that the fortification dates to the 15th century. However, the Shinputōki was written in the mid' Edo Period when Shimofuri-toride and Kiriharajō were already ruins. It is not a contemporary document and so some data should be taken per grano salis. The foundation dates of both fortifications are unverifiable, though I'd hazard that the most substantial ruins date to the Sengoku Period.

Visit Notes

Shimofuri-toride is a small earthworks yamajiro (mountaintop castle) ruin. Features inlucde horikiri (trenches), kuruwa (baileys) and dorui (earthen ramparts). A sunken path winds down the mountainside with embankments on either side.

  • Karabori

Castle Profile
English Name Shimofuri Fort
Japanese Name 下降砦
Alternate Names Shimofurijō 霜降城
Founder Kirihara clan
Year Founded Late 15th Century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Dorui, Horikiri, Karabori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Access: nearest station is Matsumoto Station on the Shinonoi Line; bus or taxi (3,000 yen). I cycled from Matsumoto.
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Mountain
Time Required 40 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 14' 2.15" N, 138° 1' 56.50" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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