Motai Castle (Hanishina)

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Motaijō is a minor site which seems to have been abandoned whilst Takeyamajō was still in use, though it was a branch fort of that castle. See: Hanishina Takeyama Castle.

Visit Notes

Motaijō is a basic single bailey fort with trenches to the forward and aft. The ridge is piled high before the bailey, and to the rear the trenches are deeper, which is typical. Motaijō shares its unusual name with a large kofun (ancient burial mound) ruin on the peak above. The kofun is essentially the domed peak itself, which is quite interesting. The kofun is located between Motaijō and Kurahonejō. I climbed over the kofun but there is a narrow path which by-passes it on the way to Kurahonejō, so one can avoid marching up and down the kofun that way.

  • Main Bailey

Castle Profile
English Name Motai Castle (Hanishina)
Japanese Name 埴科母袋城
Founder Nishijō / Saijō Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Horikiri
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access No. 30 bus from Nagano Station to Matsushiro Station (35 mins); 10 minute walk to trailhead.
Visitor Information 24/7; Free; Mountain
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 33' 2.92" N, 138° 11' 32.86" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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