Yoda-yakata was the fortified residence of the Yoda Clan during the Sengoku Period. In 1582, Yoda Nobushige, who had also lived at the residence, was killed in battle during the Tenshō Jingo Uprising. In 1584, his surviving brother, Yoda Yasukuni, converted the residence into Hanshōin, the clan temple, in honour of his brother (the "shige" in Nobushige is also read "Han") and family. The temple stands to this day and contains the graves of Yoda Nobushige and his wife.
Yoda-yakata is located at the foot of the castle-mount of Taguchijō and is now the site of the temple Banshōin. I came here because I had intended to climb the trail behind Banshōin to Taguchijō, a yamajiro which is largely visited for the view it provides of Tatsuokajō, the star-shaped bastion fort. However, landslides destroyed the trail earlier this year, so I had to abandon that plan and instead visited several temples in the area instead.
|English Name||Yoda Yakata|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Tatsuokajou Station on the Koumi Line; 20 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Free; 24/7; Temple|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Saku, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 11' 56.15" N, 138° 30' 10.15" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|