Nouken Dousaka Fort
This is the site of the the medieval fortified residence of Itō Genba, a vassal of Takeda Shingen. Itō Genba earned distinction during the 1569 battle of Sanmasu Pass by capturing an enemy Hōjō soldier alive. It is said that in 1581 the Itō Clan worked to defend nearby Nōkenjō.The Itō Clan may have surrendered to Tokugawa forces in 1582; by the Edo period a descendant of Itō Genba served the Tokugawa in Mito Domain.
See Nouken Castle for more information.
There's a big signboard and marker post for this fort site, which is actually more information than I found presented at others, yet remains are fewer. If one climbs to the hill between the hairpin road one will find earthworks. I found a long trench, but it was very over grown. I assumed it was some medieval fortication since it was quite similar to dry moats I'd seen elsewhere that day. I climb to the top of the hill here to check for ruins but found none. Instead I came to a shrine. The stairway down the hillside leads to the site of a fortified residence, the Itou Genba Yashiki.
|English Name||Nouken Dousaka Fort|
|Founder||Takeda Katsuyori or Tokugawa Ieyasu|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Anayama Station on the Chūō Main Line; 15 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; mountain|
|Time Required||15 minutes|
|Location||Nirasaki, Yamanashi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 45' 14.15" N, 138° 25' 35.15" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Friends of JCastle|
|Kojō Meguri Shashinkan|
|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|
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