Tsukikanekubo-toride was part of a network of fortfications centred around the Summer Road. It is thought to have been a watch tower and a signal tower which made use of bells to alert defenders to the advance of the enemy. See my profile on Natsumichi Fort for more information.
Tsukikanekubo-toride was the site of a fortified signal tower. Due to the terrain there was often a dense mist, however, thrown up by the rapids below, and so the Tsukikanekubo-toride also made use of sound to convey warnings. Drums were beat and bells were rung to alert allies to the presence of the enemy. The name suggests a bell tower was erected here for that purpose; written materials elude to it, though it is also possible that the bell tower was part of a religious compound. No ruins remain. I found some stone-pilings, but they likely date to after the time of the fort, and in several instances I found concrete blocks atop of them, suggesting some modern utility was erected here, like a telephone wire, though who knows for what purpose. Now the site is a rocky ridge, quite beautiful in its way. The site begins after a large marker stone and religious statuettes at the bend in the forest road.
|English Name||Tsukikanekubo Fort|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Shinshimashima Station on the Kamikōchi Line; 15 minute walk to trailhead|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; mountain|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 10' 46.88" N, 137° 47' 21.98" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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