Kiso Yoshinaka Yakata

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History

This is thought to be the site of the (or a) yakata (fortified manor house) of Kiso Yoshinaka. As a child, being raised by Nakahara Kaneto with his milk-bro', Nakahara Shiro (later called Imai Kanehira), Yoshinaka (then called Komaōmaru) went to Kyōto with his foster family and visited the Ishimizu Hachimangū, a shrine venerating the god of war which his family had a long legacy of patronising. The same deity was enshrined here at the Hatāge-hachimangū (Rising Banner Hachiman Shrine) on the site of Yoshinaka's former residence. The future Lord Kiso (then called Kisojirō Yoshinaka) peformed his coming-of-age ceremony here, probably aged around thirteen. There is another related shrine, the Nangū, located - it is said relocated there by Kiso Yoshinaka - a little down the road from here. The residences of Kiso Yoshinaka's retainers, such as Imae Kanehira, were also thought to have been located in this area.

Visit Notes

No ruins remain of the yakata itself but there is a large stela proclaiming the site (木曽義仲公館址). Another monument (木曽宣公旧里碑) commemorates the 1813 visit by Yamamura Yoshiyuki (ninth patriarch of the Yamamura Clan). The Yamamura, governors of Kiso, were a family known for their literary talents. On the stela is enscribed a poem by Yoshiyuki which pays homage to Kiso Yoshinaka.


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Castle Profile
English Name Kiso Yoshinaka Yakata
Japanese Name 木曽義仲館
Founder Kiso Yoshinaka or Nakahara Kaneto
Year Founded Heian Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Stelae
Features
Visitor Information
Access Miyanokoshi Station on the Chūō West Line; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; shrine
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Kiso, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 53' 39.44" N, 137° 45' 59.04" E
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Contributor ART
Added to Jcastle 2020


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