The Hina-yashiki was the residence of Uesugi Kiyoko, the mother of Ashikaga Takauji, the founder of the Ashikaga Shogunate (Muromachi period). In the Kamakura period the Ashikaga served as the shugo (governors) of Mikawa Province. Hina-yashiki was used as a base for the Uesugi Clan, vassals (hikan) of the Ashikaga Clan, and also secured key trade routes and a ferry crossing over the Yahagi River between Kitano and Daimon (east bank). In 1339, Uesugi Kiyoko donated the land in Hina to Ankokuji, a temple in Tanba Province, and she is said to have cultivated her sons, Takauji and Naoyoshi, for leadership.
In the Edo period the site was used as a residence by the lords of Okazaki Castle, but this palace was lost to fire in 1852.
Hina-yashiki is a former fortified residence site of which no ruins remain, located in the Hina area of Okazaki City. The site is now developed over, but there is a small Kasuga shrine with an explanatory plaque about the yashiki.
|Uesugi Kiyoko (Uesugi Clan)
|Pre Edo Period
|Kita-Okazaki Station on the Aichi Loop Line; 15 minute walk
|24/7; Free; Shrine
|Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture
|34° 58' 5.30" N, 137° 8' 59.75" E
|Added to Jcastle
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