Shimozone Yashiki

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Shimozone Yoshinobu, a son of Takeda Nobushige, founded the Shimozone Clan in the 16th century. The Shimozone Clan served the Takeda Clan, and Shimozone-yashiki was their fortified residence. It measured about 80m² to 100m² in a simple square layout, and had double layers of ramparts and moats at least in part. Between 1554 and 1570 one Shimozone Kumonoki served as a guard at Komoro Castle. From 1582 the Shimozone Clan served Tokugawa Ieyasu, at which time Shimozone Nobutatsu was a member of the clan. The exact dates the yashiki was in use are not known. After the residence was abandoned a temple, Jissaiji, was built on the site.

Visit Notes

Shimozone-yashiki is a fortified residence ruin which is now the site of a temple. Dorui (earthen ramparts) remain around part of the site, including a corner section. There are some old stones at the base of the dorui, and these are thought to have been cenotaphs for the Shimozone Clan. My visit here was largely incidental since I visited the Kai-Chōshiźuka tumuli complex immediately adjacent. These large kofun (ancient burial mounds) are well maintained and represent some of the largest specimens in Kantō.

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Castle Profile
English Name Shimozone Yashiki
Japanese Name 下曽根屋敷
Founder Shimozone Yoshinobu
Year Founded 16th century
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Nearest Station is Higashi-Hanawa on the Minobu Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Kōfu, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 35' 33.25" N, 138° 34' 34.61" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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