Toishi Fukuzawa Fort


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Visit Notes

The Fukuzawa-toride, also called the Fukuzawa-demaru (demaru means "outer detached bailey"), was a branch fortification of Toishijō above. If one descends into the cool riverside and walks along beneath the enscarpment, one will come across a signboard saying that the Fukuzawa-demaru, named for the Fukuzawa Clan, vassals of the Murakami Clan, is located across the river. However, there are three plataeus here, each separated by deep creeks. I investigated the lowest which looked artificially flattened with different levels, but it's not clear where exactly the fort stood. Tradition fancies the taller, more forboding plateaus, but others see the lowest as a potential fortification site. One map I've seen places it just below the main bailey of Toishihonjō. I climbed up in a place which had an angled configuration of embankments not unlike a gate ruin, and photographed the flattened area I found there. I also photographed the upper plateaus from below, but decided not to climb up as they seemed completely covered in bamboo.

  • Site from below over creek

Castle Profile
English Name Toishi Fukuzawa Fort
Japanese Name 砥石福沢砦
Alternate Names 砥石福沢出丸
Founder Murakami Clan
Year Founded Mid. 15th century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access This site can be reached via Toishi Castle
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Ueda, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 25' 37.13" N, 138° 17' 13.96" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
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