Ara Castle (Ina)


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This fort was one of many in a network of fortifications used by the Koide Clan. See Ina Koide Castle for more information.

Visit Notes

The most salient remains of Arajō is a karabori (dry moat) remnant protecting what was once the fort's inner sanctum, which is now a rice paddy. Most of the moat has been filled in for the paddy and the remaining portion quickly descends as a tatebori (climbing moat). It's something at least. As for other remains I think I identified terracing of the hill side and former baileys, but it was hard going.

  • Tatebori / Horikiri trenches

Castle Profile
English Name Ara Castle (Ina)
Japanese Name 小出荒城
Alternate Names 小井弓荒城
Founder Koide Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Karabori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Shimojima Station on the Iida Line; 16 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields / forest
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Ina, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 49' 7.61" N, 137° 56' 19.54" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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