Tsutsugahana Castle

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Tsutsuǵahanajō is thought to have been a branch fort of Inōejō. See Inoue Castle for more information.

Visit Notes

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.

  • Dorui
  • Caslte mount from below
  • Horikiri (trench)
  • Trench from above
  • Go a little past this handsome statue, and the trailhead is found on the right
  • start of trail

Castle Profile
English Name Tsutsugahana Castle
Japanese Name 十九塙城
Founder Inōe Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Horikiri
Features trenches
Visitor Information
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
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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