Saruǵajō-noroshidai is a noroshidai (beacon tower) site above and west of the ruins of Saruǵajō in Ômachi Municipality. A 2.5m tall conicular stone tower used to funnel smoke signals has been restored, which is the first time I've seen such a thing! There is also an explanatory board about the site besides. There is a rocky peak to the east with a hokora (mini-shrine), whereas the signboard and furnace are in a somewhat depressed area. There was likely a look-out on the peak. In addition to using smoke signals, defenders likely also banged drums and rung bells to warn the people below of danger. Saruǵajō can be reached by hiking down the ridge from this site.
|Pre Edo Period
|Shinano-Ômachi Station on the Ôito Line; rental e-bike; or, hike from Lake Kizaki
|24/7 free; mountain
|Ômachi, Nagano Prefecture
|36° 35' 4.63" N, 137° 49' 38.64" E
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