Takenaka Jinya was built by Takenaka Shigekado (son of Takenaka Hanbei) after he had demolished his father’s castle, Bodaiyama Castle, which is located about 1.5km up on the mountain just behind the jinya. According to a sign near the jinya, Takenaka Shigekado worked on improving the fortifications at Takenaka Jinya in 1589, but it does not give more specific details about when the jinya was founded. The jinya was used during the Edo Period for governing the surrounding area which included the villages of Fuchu, Iwate, Sekigahara, Touge and Yamanaka. An original yaguramon, stone walls, and a water moat on the eastern side are still intact. The jinya is a Gifu Prefectural Historic site.
This jinya, which loosely translates as a ‘fortified governmental centre’, is in effect the equivalent of a ‘downsized castle’. Takenaka Jinya is not easily accessible by public transport. It is around 4km from JR Tarui Station, and there is just one mini-bus that runs from the train station and stops at a nearby local community centre. The bus runs only intermittently. I opted to take my folding bike with me on the JR trains and rode to Takenaka Jinya from Tarui Station for a more flexible schedule. It is also possible to rent bicycles at the Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum to tour the Sekigahara Battlefield and then ride the 5 kilometres to Takenaka Jinya. The jinya is located on the eastern perimeter of Iwate Primary School, so most of the grounds of this former jinya beyond the yaguramon and stone walls are off-limits to tourists.
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|English Name||Takenaka Jinya|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Features||gates, water moats, stone walls|
|Access||Tarui Sta. (Tokaido Line), bus.|
|Visitor Information||No entrance fees.|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Tarui, Gifu Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 23' 10", 136° 30' 1"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2013|