Asahi Castle (Chikuma)

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It is thought that this castle was originally constructed by the Mimura Clan or the Ogasawara Clan. It was involved in the campaigns of the Takeda Clan in the area and probably served as a supplementary fortification to the main Mimura stronghold at nearby Takeijō. Later the Kamijō Clan took up residence at the castle (the area has many, many families called Kamijō today). An old mountaintop castle, Asahijō was likely abandoned long before the Edo Period.

Visit Notes

I was really appreciative to find a worn out old marker at the flat top of the mountain summit indicating its former existence. Asahijō (旭城) is in Asahi-mura (朝日村) but they take different kanji.

  • Marker in castle bailey

Castle Profile
English Name Asahi Castle (Chikuma)
Japanese Name 筑摩旭城
Alternate Names 旭小城・旭大城
Founder Mimura Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Trenches, Baileys; karabori (moats) and obikuruwa (belt bailey) around the central enclosure
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Alpico Bus Service to Asahi Village from Hirooka Station on the Shinonoi Line (no service on Sundays)
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 60 minutes
Location Asahi, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 8' 19.68" N, 137° 51' 37.04" E
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Added to Jcastle 2019
Contributor ART
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61 months ago
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Thought I'd try something different for the cover picture here. I'll upload another one of the bailey.