Takamatsuyakushi Castle

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Established by the Maruyama Clan, Takamatsuyakushijō worked alongside Saruǵajō (Chikuma Saruga Castle).

Visit Notes

Following the trail in Iwasū Park brings one to a towering ridge of stacked boulders. On top of this are the ruins of Takamatsuyakushijō, also called Yokodanijō. A trail to the right by-passes the ruins completely. The castle explorer would sensibly follow this trail and back-track to reach the ruins. I opted to climb up the rocks. Well, a bit of rock climbing in the mountains never hurt anyone! I quickly came to the ruins with only slight risk of death by misstep. The ruins are sign-posted! Features like karabori (dry moats) and a place for keeping horses are noted. The layout of the castle follows the natural contours of the mountain ridge with augmentations made by digging trenches and flattening land. The area of the castle is not so large. Following the ridge down will bring one eventually to Saruǵajō.

  • Main bailey seen above dry moat

Castle Profile
English Name Takamatsuyakushi Castle
Japanese Name 高松薬師城
Alternate Names 横谷城
Founder Maruyama Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Karabori, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Akashina Station on the Shinonoi Line; 12 minute drive or 80 minute walk to trail head
Visitor Information 24/7; Free; Mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Ikusaka, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 23' 41.93" N, 137° 57' 27.00" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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