Gakiyama Noroshidai




Visit Notes

To the south of Suwa-Imorijō across a small stream valley was the Gakiyama-noroshidai, which was also fortified by carving terraced baileys from out of the mountain, but with a much narrower profile than Imorijō. The mountain, Gakiyama, was carved very narrowly and lightly fortified, and on the flattened peak a signal tower was erected. Noroshidai describes a fortified signal tower. "Gaki" is interesting in that it refers to "hungry ghouls" of the Buddhist hellscape, but also, at least nowadays, to unruly children, which is a little harsher than the English "little monsters" or "brats" I think!

  • Toward peak and site of beacon tower

Castle Profile
English Name Gakiyama Noroshidai
Japanese Name 餓鬼山烽火台
Founder Suwa Clan
Year Founded 13th century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, kirigishi
Visitor Information
Access Kami-Suwa Station on the Chuo Line; 25 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7; Free; Mountain
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Suwa, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 1' 51.10" N, 138° 7' 40.19" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor ART
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