Tenpaku Castle (Ina)

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Yajima Kanbē is said to have been the lord of Tenpakujō. To the west on the plateau there is an area called "fortress". It is apparently the case that when a residence is located somewhere, such as where a castle stood, but it is relocated to a nearby place, then the name of that area goes with it! So it may have been the case that a residence, hamlet or village was built over the castle but then relocated to the west. The site of the castle is now that of a school. It is reported that a "diagonal moat" - climbing trench? - was identified around the main bailey, which is where the school building now stands, but it may no longer be visible as the hillside is covered in trees. The school's sports field was the site of the second bailey.

Visit Notes

The ruins of Tenpakujō can be inferred but it's one of those sites that makes one doubt oneself. The road which runs up the hillside to Tatsuno High School and cuts into the plateau was formerly a trench. There were two baileys either side of here. The north bailey is now a sports ground of the school, and the south bailey is the school building. The actual shape of the hillside, however, is no doubt all modern, sculpted for the school, and any obvious remains have been lost.

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Castle Profile
English Name Tenpaku Castle (Ina)
Japanese Name 伊那天白城
Founder Yajima Kanbē
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Miyaki Station on the Iida Line; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Tatsuno, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 58' 48.40" N, 137° 58' 57.68" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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