Takahara Castle (Shinano)
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.
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.
|English Name||Takahara Castle (Shinano)|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|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|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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