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Castle Hiraga Clan Castle

This article is in the series Walking the Japanese Castles
The Hiraga Clan Castle Site (平賀氏城跡 Hiraga-shi-jō seki) is located in Saku City, Nagano Prefecture. It was the residence of the local lord of the Saku district. At the end of the 12th century, Minamoto Moriyoshi, a son of Minamoto no Yoshimitsu (源義光, 1045-1127), became the lord of Hiraga Village and changed his name to Hiraga Moriyoshi (平賀盛義). However, in the Jōkyū Rebellion ( (承久の乱 jōkyū no ran) of 1221, the Hiraga clan took the side of the retired Emperor Go-Toba (後鳥羽上皇) and was defeated. Afterwards, other local clan seemed to have taken the name Hiraga. Also, Hiraga Gennai, a famous scholar and inventor in the middle of the Edo era, was a descendant of the Hiraga.

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Visiting the castle site


I tried to climb the castle site from the northern side and parked my car on the parking lot of Saku Hōju Cemetery. However, I failed as I was unable to locate the path to the castle. And while there were no signboards, I managed to reach the top of the mountain but got completely lost on my way back.

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The map is based on GSI Map powered by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan. All locations are estimated.

① The good thing was that I came across many enclosures on the backside of the mountain. The whole mountain - though not that tall - had been turned into a fortress.

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Below the stone wall of the third enclosure (三の丸 sannomaru).

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② Arriving at the sannomaru.

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③ After more climbing, I reached the inner bailey (本丸 honmaru).

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This was another enclosure situated on the backside.

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Date of visit: 13 October 2013

Access:

  • Address: Hiraga, Saku-shi, Nagano
  • Transport: *Omitted as the entrance of the site was unconfirmed
  • Parking: Toshimaen Parking
  • Other sights: Uchiyama Castle

Map:

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Hiroto is an ordinary Japanese office worker, but his true mission is searching for castles on the weekend.

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