Hosogaya Yakata

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Hosogaya-yakata was the fortified medieval residence of the Hosogaya Clan from the Kamakura Period into the Sengoku Period. The area enclosed by karabori was about 50m². The karabori was about 6m wide and the main enclosure was accessed via a dobashi. Dorui (earthen ramparts) on the inside of the moat further fortified the manor hall. The descendants of the Hosogaya still live within the old moat today!

Visit Notes

I was pleasantly surprised to find at the ruins of this fortified manor hall extensive remains in the form of a deep karabori (dry moat), going around much of the former bailey. Toward the back the moat has been filled in, so it doesn't go completely all the way around unfortunately. The front portion has a dobashi (earthen bridge). Having expected very little, I was quite chuffed at this. Unmistakably feudal lords lived here.

  • Karabori

Castle Profile
English Name Hosogaya Yakata
Japanese Name 細萱館
Founder Hosogaya Clan
Year Founded Kamakura Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Karabori, Dobashi
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Hakuyachō Station on the Ôito Line; 20 minute walk
Visitor Information Private Property
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Azumino, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 19' 7.07" N, 137° 54' 5.94" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor ART
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