Choujayashiki Yakata

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History

The Chōjayashiki-yakata was the fortified residence of Shiro Io during the mid-16th century. After the Shiro Clan the Nagao Clan took over the site and they would go on to support Takeda Shingen during his invasion of the area. A "Chōja" was a powerful or rich person, and so this residence may have been quite lavish, along with tall walls to protect the owner's treasures. Quite tellingly, even though just a yakata (fortified manor house), it consisted of multiple baileys.

Visit Notes

This is just a local residence ruin. I cycled here after work. I was quite surprised to find well-defined dorui (earth-piled ramparts) surrounding much of the site. There were even two baileys. The earthworks between the first and second bailey are heaped tall and wide, perhaps as a mound for a tower to be built on. Now there is a slide there for children. The site is a park, called Chōjahara-kōen, and community center.


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Castle Profile
English Name Choujayashiki Yakata
Japanese Name 長者屋敷館
Founder Shiro Io
Year Founded Tenbun Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Dorui
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Murai Station on the Chuo Line; 20 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; park
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 9' 53.46" N, 137° 56' 47.08" E
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Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Contributor ART
Added to Jcastle 2020


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