Wada Castle (Ina)
Ina-Wadajō was built by Tôyama Kagehiro, a local warlord and ally of Takeda Shingen who fought in many battles. His son, Tôyama Kagenao, became a vassal of Tokugawa Ieyasu and fought at the Battle of Ôsaka. The Tôyama Clan eventually fell from grace following in-fighting after the deaths of Kagenao and his successor in 1615; the Bakufu confiscated Tôyama holdings and Wadajō was converted into a temple, Ryūenji, the Tôyama Bodaiji (Clan Temple). The graves of clansmen can be found at the temple today.
I could find no identifying ruins of Ina-Wadajō. I came here as part of a tour of faux castle structures. Tôyama Town Museum, also known as "Wada Castle", is the main attraction, and is built in the general shape of a castle tower. The structure, opened in 1990, should properly be considered a "castle-inspired structure" rather than a serious reconstruction attempt - similar to Komakijō's "keep"! Next to the museum building is the temple Ryūenji which was the site of the Wadajō's main bailey. Tôyama-gō (遠山郷) is apparently on the list of the most one hundred secluded regions in Japan (日本の秘境100選).
|Ina Wada Castle
|Reconstructed main keep
|Pre Edo Period
|Main Keep Structure
|2 tiers; 3 floors
|Mogi-Tenshu, Modern Ishigaki & Dobei
|main keep, stone walls, castle town
|Hiraoka Station on the Iida Line; 20 minute DRIVE
|Open 9am-4pm; closed Thursdays. Temple is Free.
|Iida, Nagano Prefecture
|35° 19' 15.49" N, 137° 56' 7.04" E
|Added to Jcastle
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