Omotegi Castle (Ina)

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Omotegijō was used as the main base of the Omogi Clan (面木氏) and to protect the township of Omotegi (表木郷), although it may have originally been built by the Miyada Clan. It appears that the Omogi were involved in disputes between competing factions within the powerful Suwa Clan, and took part in an invasion of Suwa from Takatô in 1487. It is thought that the Omogi Clan and Omotegijō fell to the Takeda Clan in the mid-16th century following Takeda Shingen's invasion of Ina.

Visit Notes

Omotegijō's ruins include dorui (earth-piled ramparts), karabori (dry moats) and a shukuruwa (main bailey). The layout of the castle is a simple square. In modern times the rear ramparts of the ruin were demolished to build a railway track. The karabori dip down toward the rear and disappear into concrete tunnels which go under the railway. I went through one of the tunnels and found a tatebori (climbing trench) on the otherside. The main bailey is somewhat overgrown. Outer baileys are now under plough.


Castle Profile
English Name Omotegi Castle (Ina)
Japanese Name 伊那表木城
Founder Miyada Clan
Year Founded 15th Century
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Tatebori, Karabori, Kuruwa, Dorui
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Akagi Station on the Iida Line; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Ina, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 47' 9.92" N, 137° 56' 42.97" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
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