Kuroi Castle Ruins (黒井城跡)

Extra Tips:

There are two main paths up the mountain. I recommend ascending via the Nadaraka Course (なだらかコース) and descending via the Kyūzaka Course (急坂コース) to make a nice loop hike. At the trailhead, you’ll notice a small parking lot, toilet, and a long set of stairs on your right. These stairs is where you will complete the loop, so instead of heading to these steps, head straight and follow the signs for なだらかコース. On the descent, retrace your steps down from the summit (ignore the path on your left that reads 多田方面) go back through the animal gate and down the switchbacks to the flat area in front of the red gate. Instead of heading back to the red gate, hang a hard left here and follow the signs for the 急坂コース. It’s a steep but easy-to-follow track that leads straight down the mountain and to that set of concrete stairs at the end.


The castle was built by the Akai Clan in the 14th century but is best known for having be seiged by Akechi Mitsuhide, who is best-known as the man who betrayed and killed Oda Nobunaga. The castle became abandoned just before the start of the Edo Era and all that remains now are the castle wall foundations and a spectacular panoramic view.

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2 Comments on “Kuroi Castle Ruins (黒井城跡)”

  1. Sean Says:

    Love the video. Good stuff. That’s the castle that gets overwhelmed with photographers when there’s a cloud inversion, right?

    • wes Says:

      Yeah, but I think Takeda castle a little further north is way more popular as you can drive to the top. Kuroi required a bit of work to get to the top so it weeds out the lazier visitors.

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