The castle was built around 1492-1500 as the main castle of the Nagano Clan. They may have been using Matsuyama Castle (Gunma) partway up the same mountain as their home castle before building Takatome Castle. Takatome Castle became a branch fortification of Minowa Castle after it was constructed. As one of the castles along the borderlands between the Takeda and Nagano, Takatome Castle was a vital fortification for Minowa Castle and was involved in multiple skirmishes. The castle fell when it was cutoff form Minowa Castle in 1566 by Takeda forces. Minnow Castle also fell shortly thereafter.
There are 2 easy ways into the castle. The first is via the Otemon. Check the location of the Otemon Photo to find the road to take you there. The second is via the Karametemon. If you are going by bus, the easiest way is to walk to the Otemon and you can visit Matsuyama Castle (Gunma) along the way. There are no signs or maps on site. it is best to take a map if you can find one. The books 群馬の城三◯選 and 境目の城と館(上野編) have good maps. Even though these photos don't do it justice this was a fascinating site to visit. Each of the main baileys is well preserved and the huge horikiri trenches are something to behold.
バスで行く場合は多分大手口が最もわかりやすいでしょう。私は入り口を探して稲荷神社を見てから搦手まで行って入りました。現場では地図や説明板がないので自分の地図を持って行った方がいいでしょう。群馬の城三◯選 と 境目の城と館(上野編)にはいい地図が載っています。写真ではよく見えないかもしれませんが、ここは実に面白い城跡でした。深い堀切と見事な切岸は見応えがあり、遺構はしっかり残っています。
|English Name||Takatome Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Takasaki Sta. (Takasaki Line), 30 min bus for Haruna get off at Shimomuroda Shogakkoumae, 25 min walk to the Otemon trail|
|Visitor Information||Mountains, open any time; not recommended in summer|
|Time Required||75 mins|
|Location||Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 23' 39.73" N, 138° 53' 24.18" E|
|Visits||November 24, 2017|
|Added to Jcastle||2017|