Kosobu Yakata

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Kosobu-yakata was the fortified manor hall complex of the Ôkuma Clan. The yakata measured about 60m² and was protected by earthen embankments, ditches and the elevated terrain situated overlooking the Kosobu River.

Visit Notes

Kosobu-yakata is now fields, but dorui (earthen ramparts) used for protecting the manor house can be seen along the terraces of these fields. The site sits over a cliff which offered additional protection to the compound. One can climb up the cliff where Kitazawa Shrine is located. There is a sort of creek to the north which is thought to have been used as a trench. It's not clear what defences were used on the plateau-side, however, as that area is now under plough.


Castle Profile
English Name Kosobu Yakata
Japanese Name 小曽部館
Founder Ôkuma Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 6' 29.99" N, 137° 53' 37.32" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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