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.
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.
|English Name||Shimofuri Fort|
|Alternate Names||Shimofurijō 霜降城|
|Year Founded||Late 15th Century|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Kuruwa, Dorui, Horikiri, Karabori|
|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|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|