Tsutsuǵahanajō is thought to have been a branch fort of Inōejō. See Inoue Castle for more information.
This tiny fort site looks to be about the size of a small room. The tip of the ridge before it descends is dug out, probably for the purpose of sending smoke signals. Earthen embankments enclose a pit. The ridge is not worked beyond, but before it sweeps up drastically to meet with a greater ridge above, there is a small horikiri (trench), indicating a further attempt to lightly fortify and utilise this minor spur of the ridge. I might well call this the smallest castle site I’ve ever visited.
|English Name||Tsutsugahana Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Nearest Station is Murayama Station on the Nagano Line; Suzaka-Nagano-Higashi IC|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; mountain|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Suzaka, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 37' 52.43" N, 138° 16' 34.00" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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