Hoshina-yakata was the fortified manor hall of the Hoshina Clan. It was constructed in the 15th century, probably before 1489 when Hoshina Masatoshi founded Kōtokuji, a temple which remains on site to this day. In 1513 Murakami Yorihira, the father of Murakami Yoshikiyo, expanded his territory to the north, conquering the lands of the Hoshina, Takanashi, Inōe and Suda clans. Hoshina-yakata was razed to the ground during the invasion. The manor hall complex was wholly destroyed by fire except for the rear gate, which was re-purposed as the sōmon (general gate) of Kōtokuji when it was rebuilt in 1533 (it is said that this gate is the same one which stands today).
Hoshina-yakata is a fortified manor hall site in the Wakaho area of Nagano Municipality. The site is now a temple, Kōtokuji. The temple precincts are elevated somewhat with stone-piled retaining walls. Kōtokuji's gate is held to be an original structure from the yakata, which, if true, would make it one of the oldest surviving structures from a medieval yakata (manor hall), dating to before 1513 when the yakata was destroyed.
|English Name||Hoshina Yakata|
|Year Founded||Before 1489|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||I cycled to this site after renting an 'e-bike' from opposite Suzaka Station|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; temple|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Nagano, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 35' 23.32" N, 138° 15' 55.87" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2023|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|