Wadahigashiyama Castle

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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.

Visit Notes

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.


Castle Profile
English Name Wadahigashiyama Castle
Japanese Name 和田東山城
Founder Wada Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
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
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
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