Nakahara Yakata

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A typical fortified manor house, the Yakata originally had a simple square layout with ditches and embankments to protect it. Nakahara-yakata was probably established by Imai Kanehira in the Late Heian Period. The Yakata was the base of the Nakahara Clan of Shinano. Nakahara Kanetō, Governor of Shinano, looked after Minamoto Yoshinaka when he was a kid because his son, Nakahara Shiro, was Yoshinaka's milk brother. Nakahara Shiro would later be known as Imai Kanehira. Imai is also the name of the village that Nakahara-yakata is located in. Imai-jin'ya was later built (in 1691) near the former Yakata site.

Visit Notes

Since I didn't expect to find anything at the former site of Nakahara-yakata, I was pleasantly surprised to find the remnants of a moat, now dry, and some deformed dorui (earthen embankments). I had to look around for a bit but I eventually found the signpost signifying the ruin in front of a house. The site is now occupied by fields, rural homes and some maisonettes. I came to Imai to check out some of the rural architecture and so my inspecting the ruin was intended as an incidental diversion; whilst I found it mildly interesting, it's probably not worth going out of one's way for.


Castle Profile
English Name Nakahara Yakata
Japanese Name 中原館
Founder Nakahara Imai
Year Founded Late Heian Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Karabori, Dorui
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Visitor Information 24/7 free, includes private property
Time Required 15 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 8' 41.78" N, 137° 54' 15.55" E
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Added to Jcastle 2019
Contributor ART
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61 months ago
Score 0++
Picture shows embankment line obscurred under trees.