Shōunji-rui was one of a ring of fortified annexes surrounding the residence of Mizukami Mondo. Thought to have been originally built around 1581 by vassals of Takeda Katsuyori, these forts were used as a stronghold of the Tokugawa against the Hōjō following the Honnōji Incident in 1582. Many vassals of the Takeda were hastily relocated to this area with the construction of Shinpujō, so there are a large number of residences and forts. Shōunji, the temple on the site today, also apparently dates to 1581, and so the temple may have been fortified from the beginning, or the fort site was later converted into a temple in the Edo period. The last remnants of the fort's ramparts were bulldozed in the late Heisei period (2010s).
Shōunji-rui is a fort site in Nakada Township which has a cluster of such sites. I looked very hard for ruins but found none. Whilst some dorui (earthen ramparts) survived here up until relatively recently, and castle blogs picture remnants of them, they are now completely destroyed and paved over. 'Rui' refers to dorui, earthen fortifications, and describes a small fort or fortified residence like a yashiki or yakata.
|English Name||Shouunji Fort|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Shinpu Station on the Chūō Main Line; 16 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; temple|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Nirasaki, Yamanashi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 44' 41.57" N, 138° 26' 20.58" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Friends of JCastle|
|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|