Uede-yashiki was a branch fortification of Tōnoharajō which sits on the mountain looming above. It was likely also a convenient residence for the Tōhara Clan. Close to the Uede-yashiki site is a temple called Unryūji. The Tōhara built Unryūji in 1580 as their Bodaiji (clan temple), although the current structures date to the 18th century.
The Tōhara Clan were granted land in the area toward the end of the Kamakura Period. They became vassals of Takeda Shingen in the 1550s. When the Takeda fell to a resurgent Ogasawara Clan, the Tōhara Clan and the Unno Clan were suspected of plotting with the Uesugi Clan to betray the Ogasawara, and this led to their destruction.
This yashiki / yakata (fortified manor house) site in the town of Akashina is now just fields and schools. However, Unryūji is a temple linked to the yashiki, and that can be found nearby; it has several important buildings dating to the Edo Period.
|English Name||Uede Yashiki|
|Year Founded||Kamakura Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Akashina Station on the Shinonoi Line; 10 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Access Restricted|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Azumino, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 20' 50.32" N, 137° 55' 26.44" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|