Horigane Yakata

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Horigane-yakata was built by the Horigane Clan as their medieval fortified manor house. The Horigane Clan were apparently under the aegis of the Nishina Clan who were located in Ômachi. According to Nishina Clan documents it's possible that in 1567 Horigane Hiromori was lord of Horigane Manor.

Visit Notes

These are the ruins of the fortified medieval manor house of the Horigane Clan. Unfortunately the ruins are now on private property and obscurred from view by a wall and hedgerow. Being a little tall... I could see over the wall and identify dorui (earthen ramparts) and karabori (dry moat) ruins. Getting a good view of them, however, was not possible. I saw also an old marker post on site identifying the ruins. Since the remains of the earthworks surrounding the manor house seemed quite well preserved, it's a shame they're not open to the public. Other private sites in the area also have ruins surrounding them (Toba Yakata, Yoshinohori Yashiki, &c.) and these remains are luckily immediately adjacent to the roadside and entirely visible. My luck finally ran out at Horigane-yakata. Horigane is also the name of the surrounding village.


Castle Profile
English Name Horigane Yakata
Japanese Name 堀金館
Alternate Names 堀金氏館
Founder Horigane Clan
Year Founded Chuusei Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Karabori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Minami-Toyoshina Station on the Oito Line; 35 minute walk
Visitor Information Private Property; Access Restricted
Time Required 5 minutes
Location Azumino, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 17' 39.91" N, 137° 52' 18.08" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
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