Jūōzan-toride was a satellite fortification of Kōzuke-Tomiokajō. See Kouzuke Tomioka Castle for more information.
Jūōzan-toride is now the site of Shiroyama Park in Tomioka; it is often conflated with the site of Tomiokajō. There is a small tumulus of earth with a flattened top and this represents the remains of earthworks of the small fort. The fort's footprint continued along the ridge to the look-out area where there are now benches (past the house with too many dogs). The hillside beneath the mound looks like kirigishi (an artificially steepened slope). The hillside itself is very steep on the south side where it overlooks the Takada River, and the position is readily defensible. Access the site via the carpark at the bottom of the hill and walking up the winding trail. The hillside is covered in cherry blossom trees and so the park must be a local flower-viewing spot in the spring. There are signs which say to beware of snakes but I encountered a large 'Murder Hornet', as they are now known in English. It silently went by like a floating cigarillo. Usually they're much louder, but I suppose the fiend's quiet meant that it was not looking for blood at that time - perhaps it was already sated on mayhem and destruction for that afternoon.
|English Name||Juuouzan Fort|
|Year Founded||15th century|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Jōshū-Tomioka Station on the Jōshin Line; 16 minute walk to Shiroyama Park carpark.|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; park|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Tomioka, Gunma Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 16' 4.98" N, 138° 53' 49.60" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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