Kiso Yoshinaka Yakata
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.
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.
|English Name||Kiso Yoshinaka Yakata|
|Founder||Kiso Yoshinaka or Nakahara Kaneto|
|Year Founded||Heian Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|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|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|