Takai Hakoyama Castle
Hakoyamajō is thought to have been built as a branch castle of Kamogatakejō by the Takanashi Clan to guard the Hakoyama Pass, an important route.
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I went to Hakoyamajō after Kamogatakejō and Kamagatakejō. I didn't want to leave it out, though it is not as interesting as those twin sites. It is on a peak to the north of them. One finds the trail by going through the Hakoyama Pass. However, I continued down to Hakoyama Tunnel first, where there is no trail. I made things very hard for myself by climbing back up to the ridge here, crawling on all fours like a stupid bear. It would've been ten times easier if I had found the trail on the otherside of the pass. Anyway, I was quite tired but I strove on, climbing the steep, intimidating Hakoyama. The fortifications here were minimal, but the natural terrain meant that they probably didn't need to invest much to make it a tough nut to crack. Nevertheless I identified baileys, terraced sub-baileys, trenches, and possibly some remnant masonry. At the foot of the castle mount was what looked to be a recycling facility designed in the vague shape of a castle tower.
|English Name||Takai Hakoyama Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Kuruwa, Ishigaki, Horikiri, Dorui|
|Access||Shinshuu-Nakano Station on the Shinano Line; 20 minute walk to trail head|
|Visitor Information||Free; 24/7; Mountain|
|Time Required||50 minutes|
|Location||Nakano, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 45' 2.16" N, 138° 23' 26.23" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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