Nakanojou Jin'ya

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Nakanojō-jin'ya was built in 1754, replacing Sakaki-jin'ya which was abolished in 1759, and lasted until the Meiji Restoration. There was also Sakaki-juku in the area, an inn town, and Matsuo Bashō stayed here during his tour of Sarashina, eating a local speciality of daikon and spicy udon noodles. He then composed a haiku. Seems like old Matsuo paid his way with those haiku!

See Sakaki Jin'ya for more information.

Visit Notes

Nakanojō-jin'ya is an Edo period jin'ya site. It seems to have been a lightly fortified facility even by jin'ya standards, and was located on a slope. No ruins remain but there is a large signboard detailing the history of the site. This old neighbourhood of Sakaki has many old homes. Several near the signboard appeared abandoned, and at first, with the end of the day approaching, the atmosphere was gloomy, but I was happy to hear children fighting with each other in a nearby yard. You know that scene where one child is clearly in the wrong about something and gets BTFO'd by the other children and cries? Magic. This made me optimistic and I cycled back to Ueda.


Castle Profile
English Name Nakanojou Jin'ya
Japanese Name 中之条陣屋
Founder Tokugawa Shogunate
Year Founded 1754
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Tekuno-Sakaki Station on the Shinano Railway; 12 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Sakaki, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 26' 48.73" N, 138° 11' 19.39" E
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