Aoyagi Castle 青柳城
Founder Aoyagi clan
Ogasawara
Year unknown
Type Mountaintop
Condition Other Buildings
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Historical Site Prefectural Historic Site
Location Chikuhokumura, Nagano Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Sakakita Sta.
Visited November 1, 2015
Visitor Info. Mountain, open any time | Time Required: 120 mins
Notes 青柳城への道が二つあります。道路に従って復元の櫓門がある所まで行くのと主郭まで直で登る登山道です。行きはタクシー(1700円)で行って、帰りは登山道を使いましたが、駅から歩いて行って帰るならかなり疲れるでしょう。今回は三日目の山登りで少し体力を保つために行き駅からタクシーを使いました。

櫓門からの道は楽です。郭や堀切を通ってから石垣がある主郭に着きます。雪化粧のアルプスの眺望がとても素晴らしかったです。全体的にこの城跡は案内板が多くてわかりやすいです。城下町には善光寺街道の宿場もありました。現在は町並みがある程度残っているけれど、保存状態のがいいのはありませんし、ほとんどが建て替えられました。

History The early history of this castle is unknown. It was held by the Aoyagi clan who were retainers of the Ogasawara. When the Ogasawara fell to Takeda Shingen, the Aoyagi became retainers of Takeda. During the first Battle of Kawanakajima (1553), Shingen used the castle as his base. During the battle Uesugi forces set fire to the castle. After the death of Takeda Katsuyori, Aoyagi Yorinaga switched allegiance to Uesugi Kagekatsu. There were some skirmishes between the Uesugi with Aoyagi on their side, but eventually Uesugi pulled back from Aoyagi Castle and Aoyagi Yorinaga made peace with the Ogasawara. However, Aoyagi was called to Fukashi Castle (Matsumoto Castle) in 1587 and executed. The Ogasawara held the castle briefly but it was abandoned shortly thereafter.
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Chikuhokumura, Nagano Pref.
Aoyagi Castle views
Gate and yagura tower Gate and watchtower
Kabukimon Gate Yaguramon gate
Gate and watchtower View from inside the gate
Yaguramon Gate Vertical trench, tatebori
Horikiri trench Double horikiri trench
Horikiri Trench Horikiri trench
trail Stonework
Vertical trench Horikiri trench
Horikiri trench Embankment of the Fifth Bailey
Fifth Bailey Main bailey
Main bailey stone wall Main bailey stone wall
Main bailey stone wall Main bailey and gate
View of the Second Bailey from the First Bailey Main Bailey
View from the main bailey View from the Main Bailey
Main Bailey View from the Main Bailey entrance
Stone walls Obikuruwa
Aoyagi Castle as seen from below. Old building in the castle town.
Pass for the Zenkoji Highway Other old buildings
Castle town road Another old building
Map of the post town Map