Nishinohara Fort


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Nishinohara-toride was built on a terrace overlooking the Shige River. It was bounded by deep creeks. The history of the fort is not well understood and it is postulated to have been established by the Endō Clan, or alternatively the Makino Clan, before the rise of the Takeda Clan in Kai. This would make the fort very old. It occured to me that the high elevation and surrounding terrain may have protected a classical bukeyashiki (samurai manor house).

Visit Notes

No ruins remain of Nishinohara-toride as the site has been developed over with roads and vineyards. There is a very large stele to mark the site, however, erected by the mayor of Enzan Municipality (now part of Kōshū Municipality).

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Castle Profile
English Name Nishinohara Fort
Japanese Name 西ノ原堡
Alternate Names 西野原城
Founder Endō Clan or Makino Clan
Year Founded Heian Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Higashi-Yamanashi Station or Katsunuma Station on the Chūō Main Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 5 minutes
Location Kōshū, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 41' 17.48" N, 138° 43' 55.56" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
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