Todoroki Castle


Todorokijou (1).jpg


It is thought that Todoroki Castle was constructed by the Todoroki Clan as their fortified residence. At the Battle of Ôtō in 1400 there was a Todoroki Clan serving under the Nishina Clan. Members of the same clan appear in documents from 1556 and 1580. It is thought this was their base. In the Edo Period Todorokijō became the residence of the village chief.

Visit Notes

Ruins of Todoroki Castle include a koguchi ("tiger's maw" gate complex), yaguradai (turret platform) and dorui (earth-piled ramparts). The former bailey is now farmland. Nearby there is the Todoroki Residence which is preserved from the Edo Period and designated as an important cultural property. The Lord of Matsumoto used to stay there apparently. It contains vernacular architecture and a large nagayamon (row-gatehouse); I might go back and see it at some point.


Castle Profile
English Name Todoroki Castle
Japanese Name 等々力城
Founder Todoroki Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period or Earlier
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Koguchi, Yaguradai, Dorui, Hori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Hotaka Station on the Oito Line; 13 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Azumino, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 20' 28.18" N, 137° 53' 30.16" E
Loading map...
Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed

(2 votes)
Add your comment welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.