Takahara Castle (Shinano)

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The castle mount is called Kamayama ('Sickle Hill') by locals, and it is speculated that this is a corruption of the term 'kamae', referring to a fortification. Takaharajō may have been a small fort for the protection of the village, or a checkpoint fort for monitoring the mountain pass above, but the castellan is unknown.

Visit Notes

Takaharajō is located in the village of Tenjinbara in the Okuyamada area of Takayama Rural Municipality, Upper Takai County. Okuyamada means 'inner Yamada', and Yamada village is located to the west in the Nakayama area of Takayama Municipality. Was Nakayama originally 'Nakayamada' or something? Where one township ends and another begins in Japan seems to be the product of much blood and tears spilt by peasants and militiamen of the bleak feudal eras.

The ruins of Takaharajō sit on a small hill overlooking a deep gorge. The ruins chiefly include earthworks such as flattened bailey spaces and terraces.

  • Main bailey from below

Castle Profile
English Name Takahara Castle (Shinano)
Japanese Name 信濃高原城
Founder Unknown
Year Founded Unknown
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Suzaka Station on the Nagano Line; rent bicycle from education centre opposite station; cycle to Takayama Village
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Takayama, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 40' 47.10" N, 138° 24' 17.14" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
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