Arayamajō was built as a satellite fortification of Tenpyōji and Sekidōsanjō, a heavily fortified monastic community. The castle was once controlled by Kikuchi Nyūdō, lord of Nanaojō. Nugui Kagetaka, a vassal of the Hatakeyama Clan, was castellan of Arayamajō after the Honnōji Incident. Nugui Kagetaka and Miyake Nagamori were supported by Uesugi Kagekatsu in opposition to Maeda Toshiie and Sakuma Morimasa. Arayamajō, however, soon fell to these forces. It was not long after taken by Sassa Narimasa but was again conquered in 1584 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi who used it subsequently in his campagin to conquer Toyama. Sassa Narimasa was defeated in 1585 and Toyotomi Hideyoshi took over Etchū. As a castle located near the border between provinces, Arayamajō was considered a strategic position.
It was well indicated from the road and even had a goading entrance area with ample informative displays and parking area. We were ahead of schedule and the site seemed fairly accessible and so I chanced to climb it. Only to end up giving up due to overgrowth. I saw a "watch tower" surmounting the honmaru from below the ramparts but couldn't reach it. Much of the hiking trail had collapsed in ground motions I suspect brought about recently by heavy rains. It seems the site was once hopefully maintained but no more.
|English Name||Arayama Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Reconstructed Miyagura, Baileys|
|Access||Notoninomiya Station on the Nanao Line; Taxi|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||one hour|
|Location||Nakanoto, Ishikawa Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 57' 17.28" N, 136° 56' 41.17" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2019|