Murakami Castle

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Murakami Castle (村上城) is a hilltop castle located in Murakami, Niigata. It was built in the early 16ch century by Honjo clan. It is registered as the national historic site. Top bailey of the castle is 135m high. Current structure os the castle was constructed by Hori Naokane in 1619. Form the top of the mountain, it have beautiful view of Niigata and Sea of Japan. Beautiful stone walls of main bailey are preserved in great condition.

Tourist Info.
There is parking and restroom.

0. at Shibata Station.
1. use Haetsu Line to Murakami Station.
2. walk east (30 min.)


周圍的地圖 Murakami Castle


Type: Hilltop castle
Built in: 15th century by Honjo clan.
Class: Ruins

Murakami Castle, a.k.a. Maizuru Castle or Honjo Castle, was one of hilltop castles located in Murakami, Niitaga. It is located on the top of Mt. Gagyu that is about 135m. Murakami castle is registered as national historical site.

There is no historical record that tells the exact year of the construction of this castle. The historian said it was built in early 16th century by Honjo clan. In 1568, the castle lord, Honjo Shigenaga betrayed Uesugi Kenshin. Kenshin attacked this castle but it kept for a year. Finally, Kenshin gave up and they made a peace agreement.

In 1598, Honjo clan moved to Aizu and Murakami Yorikatsu, the samurai of Hori Hideharu became the castle lord. By 1619, current structure of the castle was complete.

It was abandoned in 1870.

-Ote route and 7 corners-

-Yotsumon gate-

-2nd bailey-

-Main Bailey-

-Koguchi route-

-Vatical dry moat-