Takagifuru Castle

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History

Takagifurujō ("Tall Tree Old Castle") is said to have been the fortified residence of Minowa Yoshitoshi, a local strongman, during the late 15th century. The castle was located in what is now South Minowa Village. Nothing remains and the area is now forested.

Visit Notes

After finding nothing at Kiyomizujō I went to Takagifurujō (just marked as "Old Castle" on Googlemaps), and didn't find anything that I could be sure of. After going through a sort of timber collection area in the woods I came to a patch of forest which was supposed to be the location of the former castle. There was a marker here but not for the castle. I saw suggestions of what could be degraded earthworks but I couldn't be sure. I took a short cut out by coming directly down the hillside and came across what looked like a lateral trench, though I wouldn't be confident in claiming this as part of the castle. This attempt was a little frustrating and overall disappointing, but walking through the stretches of (mostly flat) forest was interesting.


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Castle Profile
English Name 高木古城
Japanese Name Takagifuru Castle
Founder Minowa Yoshitoshi
Year Founded Late 15th Century
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Yokobori(?)
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Tabata Station on the Iida Line; 18 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; forest
Time Required 50 minutes
Location Ina, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 51' 44.10" N, 137° 58' 8.58" E
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Admin
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Contributor ART
Added to Jcastle 2020


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