Kemi Castle (Chiisagata)
For more information see Chiisagata Nishiyama Castle.
This site looks like the remains of a fortified peak from the rear, the direction from which I approached after coming down from Kashiwayamajō, with tatebori (climbing moats), terracing and a distinct main bailey. Yet from the otherside the mountain slopes down in a very natural manner. Do we have half a castle ruin here? It's possible that this is the result of landslides collapsing half of the fort. Although experts have designated the Nishiyamajō Fort Group, of which Kemijō is the uppermost, as castle ruins, it cannot be ascertained for certain as fact. Ranmaru-sensei, a local castle blogger from Ueda, seems sceptical, pointing out that if the forts were built by the Unno Clan to resist the Murakami Clan, then the forts would be useless as look-outs since they do not have vision beyond the valley, and in any case it would be redundant to have a look-out on three peaks so close together.
|English Name||Chiisagata Kemi Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Ueda Sation on the Shinano Railway; bus to Kamishina; 20 minute walk to Sumiyoshi|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; mountain|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Ueda, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 25' 24.13" N, 138° 16' 59.27" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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