Shibutami Yakata

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Shibutami-yakata was the fortified manor hall of the Shibutami Clan. The fortifications ran 79m east-west, and 60m north-south. Nishina Morinaga lived with his son, Shibutami Masanaga, at the Shibutami-yakata, beneath the mountain redoubt. See my profile on Aźumi-Shibutamijō (Azumi Shibutami Castle) for more information.

Visit Notes

Very little remains of Shibutami-yakata. The site is now fields and homes. Some castle bloggers have identified clumps of dorui (earthen ramparts), but I didn't see any. I didn't look too thoroughly though because it started raining and I was about to head home. Ah, well!

Shibutami-yakata was the last site I visited in a tour of ten sites in Aźumi last saturday (May 21st), my last of the season. I visited six yakata sites and four yamajiro (mountaintop castle) sites. I usually don't report on my return journey but during the cycle back to Matsumoto I encountered an interesting atmospherical phenomena. The road I was on was dry, but the road ahead was wet and it was raining there. When I cycled in it was like hitting a wall of water. A few minutes later the road was suddenly dry again, though I was very wet, and I had cycled out of the rain. I had encountered an extremely localised downpour. I began to wonder if I shouldn't have simply cycled /around/ the rain.


Castle Profile
English Name Shibutami Yakata
Japanese Name 渋田見館
Founder Nishina Morinaga; Shibutami Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Aźumi-Oiwake Station on the Ôito Line; 30 minute walk
Visitor Information Private Property
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Ikeda, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 23' 15.04" N, 137° 53' 19.43" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor ART
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