It is said that Hōzōji-yakata was used during Takeda Shingen's invasion of Shinano as part of the assault on Fukashijō (Matsumoto Castle), but it is thought that it may have been built before that as a branch residence of the Nariai Clan, along with nearby Kamaenohaka Yakata, their main base likely being the Nariai Yakata. The Nariai were vassals of the Ogasawara, nominal rulers of Shinano Province.
Hōzōji is a temple in the town of Toyoshina (now part of the Azumino rural municipality). It was built on the site of a yakata, a fortified medieval residence. In front of the temple is an old, deep well. There are two signposts for the yakata at the temple: one at the entrance and one next to the main hall. This was the seventh stop on my "Yakata Tour". It is a municipal designated historic site. The remains of embankments and moats can be traced around the perimeter of the temple.
|English Name||Houzouji Yakata|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Dorui, Mizubori, Kuruwa|
|Access||Toyoshina Station on the Oito Line; 5 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; temple|
|Time Required||50 minutes|
|Location||Azumino, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 18' 8.93" N, 137° 54' 16.63" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|