Arato Castle [Castle Special Topic Japanese History]

荒砥城/アクセス・場所・地図 村上義清の一族で葛尾城の支城 山田国政の居城 荒砥城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

[Castle name]
Arato castle
Murakami Yoshikiyo’s family and the castle of Katsuraga, castle of Yamada, Castle of government official Arato Castle.

Arai castle is a castle of Yamada who is from Murakami clan who was in Chikuma city, Nagano prefecture.
It was built in the mountaintop on the Chikuma River side, and it plays a role as a castle for Murakami Honjo’s “Katsurao Castle”.

荒砥城/アクセス・場所・地図 村上義清の一族で葛尾城の支城 山田国政の居城 荒砥城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

Murakami Yoshikiyo repeatedly fought against Takeda Shingen continuous attacks, but in Tenmon 22 years (1553) Finally “Takeda Shingen” casts “Katsurao Castle” to fall. Yoshikiyo Murakami and his family dropped out on Echigo’s Kenshin Uesugi.

荒砥城/アクセス・場所・地図 村上義清の一族で葛尾城の支城 山田国政の居城 荒砥城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

“Yashiro Masakuni” who followed Shingen as soon as Murakami left Arato castle, he was given piece of the land of “Yashiro Castle”. Takeda was destroyed when Oda Nobunaga raised the army of Koshu in Tenshou (1582), Takeda was destroyed, and the ruined castle owner “Yoshiro Hidemasa” was

minister of Uesugi Kagekatsu of the time.
In the same year, when Nobunaga Oda is honored by Mitsuhide Akechi in Honnō-ji incident, the countries of Shinano / Kai will become extremely confused and Yashiro Hidemasa joins under the control of Ieyasu Tokugawa. “Uesugi Kagekatsu” is very angry about this treachery act, attacks Arato castle, Hidemasa ignites the castle and retreats to Ieyasu.

荒砥城/アクセス・場所・地図 村上義清の一族で葛尾城の支城 山田国政の居城 荒砥城【お城特集 日本の歴史】

After that, Ieyasu controlled the countries of Shinano • Kai and became the defense of the five countries “Mikawa, Toutomi, Suruga, Shinano, Kai”. Arato castle seems to have become abandoned after Hideyoshi left the castle.
Currently it is maintained as “Shiroyama Historical Park”, and the restoration of the halls, gates, guards, barracks etc. are proceeding based on the historical facts of the medieval castle.

Chihaya city, Nagano Prefecture 389-0822


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