Tsukikanekubo Fort

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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.

Visit Notes

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.

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  • Peak, site of watchtower

Castle Profile
English Name Tsukikanekubo Fort
Japanese Name 撞鐘久保砦
Founder Kiso Yoshimasa
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
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
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Added to Jcastle 2022
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