Sokura Castle (Ina)

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Sokurajō was built by Nishina Nobutomo during the hegemony of Takeda Shingen over the area. It was later controlled by the Kitahara Clan whose descendents live there to this day.

Visit Notes

Not much remains it seems of Sokura Castle. I identified dorui (earth-piled ramparts) and karabori (dry moats). Most of the ruin is now on private property, and so my investigation was necessarily limited to the roadside. The dorui shown here extends across the preamble of a protrusion in the cliff line and is fronted by a moat, making for a very basic construction. Sokurajō is one of many cliffside castle sites in the Ina Valley.


Castle Profile
English Name Ina Sokura Castle
Japanese Name 伊那曽倉城
Founder Nishina Nobutomo
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Karabori, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Komagane Station on the Iida Line; 65 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; includes private property
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Komagane, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 43' 42.67" N, 137° 59' 16.66" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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