From 1533 Fujisawa Yorichika was based at Fukuyo Castle, which is on a hillside across the Tenryū River from Tanakajō, but he was defeated there by Takeda Shingen in 1545. Initially banished from Ina, Fujisawa was allowed to return in 1560, whereupon he built Tanakajō as his residence. In 1582, with the fall of the Takeda Clan, Fujisawa tried to recapture his old territory, beginning with the successful capture of Fukuyojō. However, Hoshina Masanao, a vassal of Tokugawa Ieyasu, captured Takato Castle and mobilised from there against Fujisawa. Fukuyojō fell to Hoshina, and Fujisawa and his son committed seppuku at Tanakajō.
Nothing remains of Tanaka Castle except for a small, sorry segment of earth which was once an earth-piled rampart, "dorui" in Japanese. There is a signboard explaining about the castle ruin. Being a hirajiro (flatland castle) situated in a river plain, the site was quickly developed over after its ruin, first by plough, and then by retail and industry.
|English Name||Ina Tanaka Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Kitatono Station on the Iida Line; 14 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||2 minutes|
|Location||Minowa, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 53' 12.23" N, 137° 59' 19.43" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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