The history of Wadahigashiyamajō is largely unknown, but it is thought to have been built by the Wada Clan to help watch over the valley which grants access to Hoshina village.
Wadahigashiyamajō is a minor ridgetop fort site in the Wakaho area of Nagano Municipality. The ridge terminus is terraced into three baileys. The second bailey mostly surrounds the first. I wondered if the castle was in part sculpted out of ancient tumuli known to exist in the vicinity. The site also appears to have been modified over time, likely for agricultural purposes, and it is suspected that trenches were filled in by generations of peasants after the end of the Sengoku period. There are some pocket terraces at the bottom of the ridge with graves on them, but it's hard to know whether these terraces were built for the fort or built later.
|English Name||Wadahigashiyama Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||I cycled to this site after renting an 'e-bike' from opposite Suzaka Station|
|Visitor Information||I cycled to this site after renting an 'e-bike' from opposite Suzaka Station|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Nagano, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 35' 35.52" N, 138° 14' 50.42" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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