Kitsuneyashiki Yakata

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Kitsune, meaning 'fox', were bushi (samurai) who kept a secret watch, or guarded an area whilst remaining hidden or disguised. The Kitsuneyashiki-yakata, or 'Fox House Manor Hall', was inhabited by vassals of the lords of nearby Hayaotoshijō, which was initially controlled by the Akazawa Clan but was transferred to the Gochō Clan under the Ogasawara, and then later regained by the Akazawa.

Visit Notes

Kitsuneyashiki-yakata, a curiously named yashiki and / or yakata (fortified residence) site, is still inhabited and now various old homes built in the vernacular architectural style remain; it is a family hamlet surrounded by fields and rice paddies beneath the castle-mount of Hayaotoshi Castle.

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Castle Profile
English Name Kitsuneyashiki Yakata
Japanese Name 狐屋敷館
Founder Akazawa Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Kita-Matsumoto Station on the Shinonoi Line; 15 minute drive or 80 minute walk
Visitor Information Private Property
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 16' 49.94" N, 137° 59' 0.46" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor ART
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