Amari-yakata was the fortified manor hall of the Amari Clan, founded by Lord Amari Yukitada of Amari Manor who, by tradition, was the first to construct a residence here. Amari Yukitada was the son of Ichijō Tadayori; they were descended from the Kai-Minamoto Clan. In 1184 Ichijō Tadayori was killed and Amari Yukitada went into exile.
In the Sengoku period the Amari Clan continued to serve the Takeda Clan. The ruins of the medieval yakata which were unearthed are thought to have been the residence of Takeda generals Amari Torayasu and his son, Amari Masatada. This Sengoku period manor hall was surrounded by ramparts and moats in a square formation running roughly 180m north-south and 200m east-west. Amari Torayasu was slain at the battle of Uedahara in 1548. There is a cenotaph for Masatada at Dairinji, the Amari Clan’s family temple which now occupies the site.
Amari-yakata is now the site of Dairinji, the bodaiji (clan temple) of the Amari Clan. There are no ruins that I could see; however, excavations on the site have confirmed the remains of defences such as moats. These are presumably now buried.
For the related tsumejiro see Ougidairayama Castle.
|English Name||Amari Yakata|
|Founder||Amari Yukitada; Amari Torayasu|
|Year Founded||Heian Period; Sengoku Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Nearest station is Nirasaki Station on the Chūō Main Line|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Nirasaki, Yamanashi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 41' 19.21" N, 138° 26' 33.72" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Friends of JCastle|
|Oshiro Tabi Nikki|
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