Shimomakifuru Castle


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That this is the "old castle" of the Shimomaki Clan seems obvious enough, but where is the new castle then? Is it a nearby site where the name has changed? It's something of a mystery. There is also a Kamimakifuru Castle in Ina but it is some distance northward, and presumably the old castle of the Kamimaki Clan.

Visit Notes

Shimomakifurujō is a clifftop castle ruin containing a large mound, which was likely part of a large dorui (earth-piled rampart). The shukuruwa (main bailey) is now farmland.


Castle Profile
English Name Shimomakifuru Castle
Japanese Name 下牧古城
Founder Shimomaki Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Horui, Dorui, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Akagi Station on the Iida Line; 10 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; farmland
Time Required 15 minutes
Location Ina, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 46' 34.86" N, 137° 57' 8.57" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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