Archaeological investigations have identified this site as a medieval fortified residence. For more information see my profile on Minami Majino Castle.
On my way between Aruga Castle and Minami Majino Castle I came, by complete chance, upon a sign indicating the former site of Gongenzawajō. Around the sign was just fields and orchards. Gongenzawajō is another name for Kita-Majinojō, which would twin the site with Minami-Majinojō. One castle explorer's blog indicated that "the general shape" of the castle could be appreciated in a nearby park, but I didn't see where. It was quite difficult to work out where the site was referencing maps, and so in the end all I had to go on was the sign I had come across. Of course, simply stumpling upon a new site whilst going between two others was a welcome accident, even if I didn't find anything in the way of ruins.
|English Name||Gongenzawa Castle|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Kami-Suwa Station on the Chuo Line; 70 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Suwa, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 0' 48.56" N, 138° 5' 16.58" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|