Jikouin Fort

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Visit Notes

Jikōin-toride is a fortified slope between the sites of Jikōin-yakata and Iinawajō. It is a single bailey fort complex, though the main bailey is quite large with different levels. The middle portion is lower situated than the east and west halves; the embankments are taller on these sides, so that being within the fort is somewhat like being in an old mast-driven frigate. The dorui (earthen ramparts) can be seen rising fore and aft of this great ship. To the north the mountain slope continues up. On the slope to the south going down there is evidence of terracing and tatebori (climbing trenches).

  • Dorui around bailey

Castle Profile
English Name Jikouin Fort
Japanese Name 慈光院砦
Founder Ogasawara Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Tatebori, Dorui, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Midoriko Station on the Chūō Line; 10 minute walk to Jikōin
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 5' 36.24" N, 137° 58' 21.25" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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