Yato Castle

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History

Henmi Kiyomitsu built the castle around the early 1100's. One of Kiyomitsu's sons, Takeda Nobuyoshi, was the first of the Takeda clan. After the death of Kiyomitsu in 1199, the history of Yato Castle becomes very vague. It is not known how the castle was used or by whom. Given the strategic location along an important road to Shinano (Nagano) and the presence of other nearby castles, it is surmised that it was still in use but the details are not clear. After the fall of the Takeda, the Tokugawa and Hojo fought for control of the Kai region and Hojo took control of Yato Castle. Most of the structures, ringed baileys, moats and earthen embankments that you see today were built at this time.

Visit Notes

There is also an infrequent bus from Nagasaka Sta. This is a fairly interesting castle with lots of baileys in concentric circles. At the foot of Yatsugatake, it had a fairly good view of the surroundings without being on a high mountain. The perfect location for a castle.
長坂駅からのバスもあるそうですが、本数が少ないです。同心円上に土塁や空堀を配した輪状郭群の構造が結構面白いです。八ヶ岳の麓にあることであまり高い山になくても眺望がよくて、やっぱり城を築くのに適した場所でしょう。

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Castle Profile
English Name Yato Castle
Japanese Name 谷戸城
Alternate Names Chausuyama-jo
Founder Minamoto no Kiyomitsu (Henmi Kiyomitsu)
Year Founded 12th C.
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Kai Koizumi Sta (Yatsugatake Kougen Line), walk 45 mins; Nagasaka Sta. (Chou Line), walk 60 mins.
Visitor Information Museum is open 9-5, closed Mondays unless it's a holiday, then the following day. Closed 12/28-1/4. 200 yen
Time Required 60 mins
Website http://www.city.hokuto.yamanashi.jp/genre/detail/1764/
Location Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 51' 25", 138° 23' 10"
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Year Visited 2015
Visits September 22, 2015
Added to Jcastle 2016


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