Shimono Castle (Ina)
See Ina Kitano Castle.
Shimonojō is separated from Kitanojō by a stream which I crossed by first shimmying along the slippiest log I'd ever chanced and leaning as far as I could, sort of falling and catching myself really, between two dry islands of rocks, and then hopping above the water. Anyway there was a bridge. But at least I didn't fall in. Shimonojō's ruins are now a forested area alongside the fearsome Tenryūgawa. The rocky cliffs which border the river protected the castle. Ruins include dorui (earth-piled ramparts) and kuruwa (baileys).
|English Name||Ina Shimono Castle|
|Year Founded||Muromachi Period|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Kuruwa, Dorui, Tatebori|
|Access||Miyada Station on the Iida Line; 24 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; park|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Miyada, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 46' 14.05" N, 137° 57' 36.94" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|