Ina Kokuro Castle
Kokuro Castle is listed as 小黒之古堡 ("Kokuro Old Fort") in a list of towns and villages of Nagano Prefecture. Judging by its size and layout it likely functioned as a fortified residence in medieval times. Considering it must be quite old, it's fortunate that earthen ramparts still remain all around the central enclosure. The fortification once also encompassed outer enclosures to the north and west.
Kokurojō ("Little Black Castle") is located further along the cliff which overlooks the plain from Ina Kasuga Castle. It is now a forested area with a small shrine. Dorui (earth-piled ramparts) are evident around the compound. The site overlooks the cliff to the east, and to the north and west is a karabori (dry moat). To the south is a road which climbs through a break in the cliff line. Following the earthen ramparts around the main bailey I saw some suggestive piles of stones here and there.
|English Name||Ina Kokuro Castle|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period?|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Kuruwa, Dorui, Karabori, Tatebori|
|Access||Ina-shi Station on the Iida Line; 25 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; shrine|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Ina, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 49' 46.88" N, 137° 56' 49.70" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|