Kamihiraideko Castle (Ina)

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Kamihiraidekojō was one of several branch forts of Ōjō. Ōjō can be understood to mean 'big castle', and the 'ko' in Kamihiraidekojō means 'small'. The site is also known simply as Kojō, 'small castle'. See Ina Ou Castle and Ina Ryuugasaki Castle for more information.

Visit Notes

Kamihiraidekojō is now just fields. The general shape of the fort, perhaps, remains. We can see a koshikuruwa ('hip bailey') around the shukuruwa (main bailey). These terraces now make for convenient paddies and vegetable patches. Apparently the hill opposite was also fortified and leveled on top. I didn't go here but it is now a small park and shrine.

  • Former Main Bailey from below

Castle Profile
English Name Kamihiraideko Castle (Ina)
Japanese Name 伊那上平井出小城
Alternate Names 小城
Founder Suwa Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Koshikuruwa, Demaru
Visitor Information
Access Tatsuno Station on the Chūō East Line; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7; Free; Park / Shrine
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Tatsuno, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 59' 37.61" N, 138° 0' 25.02" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor ART
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