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Minowa Castle

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Minowa Castle (箕輪城 Minowa-jō) is a castle located in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.

Minowa Castle (箕輪城 Minowa-jō) is a castle located in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.

History

Minowa Castle was built in 1526 by Nagano Narimasa from the Nagano clan (themselves retainers of the Uesugi clan) based out of Nagano in Kozuke Province. In 1566 the castle's garrison, led by Nagano Narimori (lord of the castle since Narimasa, his father, had died in 1561) and Kamiizumi Nobutsuna, came under attack by forces of the Takeda clan under control of Takeda Shingen during the Siege of Minowa. During the siege, a sortie out of the castle was led by Nobutsuna, this, however, resulted in a successful assault by the Shingen forces. The entire castle fell, save a small portion still held by Nobutsuna. Shingen was so impressed by Nobutsuna that he let Nobutsuna leave unharmed, even asking Nobutsuna to join him (Nobutsuna declined). Shingen gave one of his generals, Naito Masatoyo, control of the castle.

After the siege, the castle was held by the Takeda clan, the Oda clan, and the Hojo clan. In 1590, Ii Naomasa of the Ii clan became lord. He held this post for only eight years until 1598, when he moved to Takasaki Castle. Minowa Castle was abandoned.

Today

All that remains of Minowa Castle currently are the ruins of the stone walls, earthworks, and moats. The site is unusual, though, due to its large size, as it occupies forty-seven hectares (116 acres), making it one of the largest castles in Gunma Prefecture.

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Nao
21 March 2020
1512年長野業尚によって築かれた名城。国指定史跡、日本100名城の一つ。当時の遺構として、空堀などが見られ、また、本丸西虎口門などが復元されている。見学も駐車場も無料で利用可。
きっちゃん。 @50kmウォーキング大会3年連続完歩(^-^)/ 今年は中止でした。
国指定史跡。 難攻不落の城。 日本百名城のひとつ。 長野業正時代に全盛、業正死後、武田の猛攻でついに落城。 一時期、真田幸隆が入城。
きっちゃん。 @50kmウォーキング大会3年連続完歩(^-^)/ 今年は中止でした。
国指定史跡。日本百名城のひとつ。武田氏の上野国の重要な拠点となった。 これほどのお城であるが、なぜか発掘調査が進んでおらず、現在は高崎市が発掘を進めている。
Machy Makino
5 May 2013
二ノ丸にはスタンプありません。
Minami U
15 January 2019
30分くらいで一回りできる平山城です
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0.3km from 587 Misatomachi Higashiakiya, Takasaki-shi, Gunma-ken 370-3106, Japan

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