Omotegi Castle (Ina)
Omotegijō was used as the main base of the Omogi Clan (面木氏) and to protect the township of Omotegi (表木郷), although it may have originally been built by the Miyada Clan. It appears that the Omogi were involved in disputes between competing factions within the powerful Suwa Clan, and took part in an invasion of Suwa from Takatô in 1487. It is thought that the Omogi Clan and Omotegijō fell to the Takeda Clan in the mid-16th century following Takeda Shingen's invasion of Ina.
Omotegijō's ruins include dorui (earth-piled ramparts), karabori (dry moats) and a shukuruwa (main bailey). The layout of the castle is a simple square. In modern times the rear ramparts of the ruin were demolished to build a railway track. The karabori dip down toward the rear and disappear into concrete tunnels which go under the railway. I went through one of the tunnels and found a tatebori (climbing trench) on the otherside. The main bailey is somewhat overgrown. Outer baileys are now under plough.
|English Name||Ina Omotegi Castle|
|Year Founded||15th Century|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Tatebori, Karabori, Kuruwa, Dorui|
|Access||Akagi Station on the Iida Line; 15 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Ina, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 47' 9.92" N, 137° 56' 42.97" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|