Kamaian Yakata

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Kamaian-yakata was the fortified residence of the Mimura Clan from the Kamakura Period. Although Kamaian appears to be a modern appellation, named after the artisan's hermitage built on the site in 1783. Maybe it was simply called "Mimura-yakata". In the Sengoku Period it became part of Myogi Castle.

Visit Notes

Kamaian-yakata was the fortified medieval manor house of the Mimura Clan, although Kamaian appears to be a modern appellation, named after the artisan's hermitage built on the site in 1783. Maybe it was originally called "Mimura-yakata". This was my second visit to the Edo Period cottage at the site. It wasn't clear to me whether this yakata site shouldn't just be considered a part of Myōgi Castle, the ruins of which sit on the mountain immediately behind it, and that's how I treated it at first, but it appears that the yakata existed since the Kamakura Period and the yamajiro (mountain castle) was built later - in the Sengoku Period. Many manor lords were quite comfortable in their lightly fortified residences during peacetime but later began building yamajiro in order to protect themselves in times of war. Often yakata have a corresponding yamajiro. They are generally considered separate sites if there is some distance between the two, as there often is in the wide Matsumoto Basin, for example, with its extensive plains, but in the valleys which feed into it we often find yakata sites close to the feet of mountains.


Castle Profile
English Name Kamaian Yakata
Japanese Name 釜井庵館
Founder Mimura Clan
Year Founded Kamakura Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kyokan; Edo Period Cottage
Visitor Information
Access Seba Station on the Chuo West Line; 35 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; museum is 10am to 5pm on weekends only
Time Required 60 minutes
Location Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 6' 27.04" N, 137° 54' 41.36" E
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