Nakagome Castle (Ina)
Nakagome Castle has very little history to speak of. That is whilst lots of stuff might've happened here we unfortunately don't know much about it. It may have been a satellite fortification of Fukuyo Castle during the Sengoku Period.
The ruins of Nakagome Castle were a little tricky to explore. They are situated on a clifftop and at first I walked up the road to their vicinity. The area is now suburban residences. I found a ploughed field and a cleared park area which were once the castle's baileys, the small park being located in what was once the castle's main bailey. The road itself was likely part of a dry moat network which separated them. Feeling that my castle walk had reached its lowest ebb, I carried on looking around and found a very useful signboard about the castle situated in what was once the castle's outer bailey. The map showed the former location of two moats which ran across the promontory, dividing the castle into three bands. Although now mostly built over, I was able to find the remains of these trenches to the north where they cut into the hillside. The outer moat is just a fraction of its former length but the inner moat still cuts into the hill quite a way. This exploration of the trenches, though very tricky due to all of the flora, somewhat redeemed this site for me.
|English Name||Ina Nakagome Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Kitatono Station on the Iida Line; 25 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Minami-Minowa, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 53' 16.26" N, 137° 58' 48.83" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|