Suwa Yakata

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The Suwa-yakata, which functioned as the kyokan (residential area) at the foot of the Uehara castle-mount, was the centre of Takeda authority in Suwa County from its conquest by Takeda Shingen in 1542, until the death of Takeda Katsuyori in 1582. To this day the neighbourhood of the yakata is called ‘Itagakidaira’, with ‘itagaki’ referring to abbattis – a type of stockade – and ‘daira’ referring to the terraces which were sculpted on the hillside for the medieval manor hall.

For more information see Uehara Castle.

Visit Notes

I revisited Ueharajō, a fun yamajiro (mountaintop castle) ruin in the Suwa area of Nagano, and this time also investigated the site of Suwa-yakata beneath the castle mount. The yakata’s remains consists of a large flattened space with terraced sub-baileys carved into the hillside below. The shape of the sculpted terrain is well preserved. There is a large stele on site.

  • Itagakidaira

Castle Profile
English Name Suwa Yakata
Japanese Name 諏訪館
Alternate Names 諏訪氏館
Founder Suwa Clan; Takeda Shingen
Year Founded 1542
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Baileys
Visitor Information
Access Chino Station on the Chuo Main Line; 35 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7; Free; Fields
Time Required 15 minutes
Location Chino, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 0' 25.45" N, 138° 8' 46.36" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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Shiro Meguri

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