In 1622 Sengoku Tadamasa was relocated from Komorojō to Uedajō. His territory included this area, which in 1669 Sengoku Masākira built a jin'ya here to administer. This "sub-domain" was valued at 2,000 koku, later increased to 2,700 koku, and contained the villages of Yazawa, Shimosato, Akasaka, Urushido, Iwashimizu, Koida, Mori and part of Hayashino-gō (gō = township / collection of villages). This is a fertile area located to the east of the Kamikawa River. In 1706 Sengoku Clan was relocated to Izushijō, but the branch at the Sengoku-yakata remained in place and governed until the Meiji Restoration.
Yakata usually refers to a medieval fortified manor hall, but in fact this is the site of an Edo Period jin'ya or daikansho, a fortified administrative compound used to govern smaller territorial holdings. I was impressed by the ishigaki (stone-piled ramparts). These beautiful stone walls are the remains of the jin'ya. One platform of piled stone looks like it could've served as a turret foundation. Atop is a storehouse structure which has been "castellated" and has shachihoko (鯱) on the roof. I'm not sure this qualifies as a reconstruction but it looks great.
|English Name||Sengoku Yakata|
|Alternate Names||Sengoku-daikansho, Sengoku-jin'ya|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Access||Ueda Station on the Shinano Railway; Sugadaira Bus from Ueda Station No.3 Bus Stop|
|Visitor Information||Free; 24/7|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Ueda, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 24' 47.95" N, 138° 18' 29.70" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|