Sakura Castle (Suwa)
Sakurajō was built as a satellite fortification of Yamabukijō by the Kanasashi Clan. It is not so high up and therefore accessible, but due to the elevation nonetheless commands an excellent view of Lake Suwa and its northern plains.
Suwa-Sakurajō was a nice little site to visit. There is the shukuruwa (main bailey) with an old look-out which can't be too different from a structure which would've been likely used at the castle. Looking on the hillside I found it terraced with minor baileys. Since the trees have been cut back and the site is cultivated as a small park one can easily see the shape of the castle ruins. I found some trenches in the woods beyond the park but they were difficult to pick out from amongst the undergrowth and fallen leaves. I don't know where Sakurajō got its name - 'Cherry Blossom Castle' - but it is appealing.
|Suwa Sakura Castle
|Pre Edo Period
|Shimo-Suwa Station on the Chuo Line; 25 minute walk
|Shimo-Suwa, Nagano Prefecture
|36° 4' 45.34" N, 138° 5' 29.40" E
|Added to Jcastle
|Admin Year Visited
|Friends of JCastle
|Oshiro Tabi Nikki