Hanaoka Castle (Saku)

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There is a theory that Hanaokajō was first built by the Hanaoka Clan who were a branch family of the Tomono Clan. Archaelogical investigations have determined that the castle was in use from the late 15th century to middle 16th century. Hanaokajō was also used as the site of a noroshidai in the Takeda Clan's network of beacon towers throughout Saku.

Visit Notes

The second stop on our miyagura tour in Saku, Hanaokajō is a fortified beacon site with a reconstructed miyagura. In front of the tower is a fire pit for generating smoke signals. This fort is quite well developed with many climbing terraced baileys all around the main castle mount. At the bottom of the mount toward the mountainside rear is a wide karabori (dry moat). Since the miyagura had a visitor's book I wrote in it about our miyagura tour and drew a quick and simple sketch of what I found at the Kokuzōsan-noroshidai.

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  • Reconstructed Miyagura (Watchtower)

Castle Profile
English Name Hanaoka Castle (Saku)
Japanese Name 佐久花岡城
Alternate Names Hanaoka-noroshidai 花岡烽火台
Founder Hanaoka Clan
Year Founded Late 15th Century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Miyagura, Karabori, Dorui, Kuruwa
Features turrets, trenches
Visitor Information
Access Yachiho Station on the Kōmi Line; 25 minute walk to trailhead
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 50 minutes
Location Sakuho, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 8' 26.63" N, 138° 29' 7.98" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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