Wada Castle (Ina)

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Ina-Wadajō was built by Tôyama Kagehiro, a local warlord and ally of Takeda Shingen who fought in many battles. His son, Tôyama Kagenao, became a vassal of Tokugawa Ieyasu and fought at the Battle of Ôsaka. The Tôyama Clan eventually fell from grace following in-fighting after the deaths of Kagenao and his successor in 1615; the Bakufu confiscated Tôyama holdings and Wadajō was converted into a temple, Ryūenji, the Tôyama Bodaiji (Clan Temple). The graves of clansmen can be found at the temple today.

Visit Notes

I could find no identifying ruins of Ina-Wadajō. I came here as part of a tour of faux castle structures. Tôyama Town Museum, also known as "Wada Castle", is the main attraction, and is built in the general shape of a castle tower. The structure, opened in 1990, should properly be considered a "castle-inspired structure" rather than a serious reconstruction attempt - similar to Komakijō's "keep"! Next to the museum building is the temple Ryūenji which was the site of the Wadajō's main bailey. Tôyama-gō (遠山郷) is apparently on the list of the most one hundred secluded regions in Japan (日本の秘境100選).


Castle Profile
English Name Wada Castle (Ina)
Japanese Name 伊那和田城
Founder Tôyama Kagehiro
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Reconstructed main keep
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Main Keep Structure 2 tiers; 3 floors
Year Reconstructed 1990
Artifacts Mogi-Tenshu, Modern Ishigaki & Dobei
Features main keep, stone walls, castle town
Visitor Information
Access Hiraoka Station on the Iida Line; 20 minute DRIVE
Visitor Information Open 9am-4pm; closed Thursdays. Temple is Free.
Time Required 60 minutes
Location Iida, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 19' 15.49" N, 137° 56' 7.04" E
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