Yamabe-yakata was the fortified manor house of the Yamabe Clan, who formerly governed the area known as Yamabe-gō, "gō (郷)" being a town or collection of villages and hamlets. The village was first built up around the yakata. Yamabe-yakata preceeded Yamabe Castle. The Yamajiro was built later and the yakata was retained as a kyokan and branch fort for a time.
The former fortified residence of the Yamabe Clan is now Tokūnji ("Benevolent Cloud Temple"). The former yakata site is located at the foot of the western ridge that leads to Yamabe Castle, a yamajiro (mountain castle). There is some hiking to do between the two sites, although the lower reaches of Yamabe Castle reach about half way to the temple, along the western ridge. Before one reaches Yamabe Castle there is a shrine. The temple anyway is nice. It has a signboard which recaps the history of the area and of the temple from medieval times, but doesn't specifically mention the yakata, just that it was at the center of the base of operations of the Yamabe Clan. Yamabe Castle is accessed along the western ridge via the temple's necropolis. The gate between the cemetery and the temple garden has a sign which says "Deer will not be admitted for prayer", and so the gate is kept closed on the latch. The hondō's roof is copper plated, presumably to preserve the thatching underneath.
|English Name||Yamabe Yakata|
|Year Founded||15th century|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Matsumoto Station on the Shinonoi Line; 20 minutes by car (taxi is 3,000yen about). Community buses run infrequently..|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; temple|
|Time Required||15 minutes|
|Location||Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 13' 15.74" N, 138° 2' 41.39" E|
|Visits||October 30, 2015|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|