Tagayashi Yakata

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The Tagaya clan came with the Satake when they moved from the Hitachi domain in 1602 and became the castellan of Hiyama Castle. When Hiyama Castle was abandoned in 1626, under the one castle per domain decree, the Tagaya built a large fortified manor on a hill near the base of Hiyama Castle. It was the scale of some small castles with mutliple baileys for the dwellings of the lord and his retainers. You can also see the remains of two fortified entrances around the site and the two entrances to the main bailey.

Visit Notes

The sign along the road at the trail to the site is very nice, but unfortunately, the signs and maintenance of the rest of the site have lapsed over the years. I've seen better photos of the interior where you can see the baileys and embankments much more clearly. Regardless, if you visit Hiyama Castle, this site is easy to locate and a quick stop near the castle. Further down the road is the Jomyoji Temple, where you will find a (relocated) original gate of Hiyama Castle.

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Castle Profile
English Name Tagayashi Yakata
Japanese Name 多賀谷氏居館
Founder Tagaya
Year Founded 1620
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Higashi Noshiro Station (Gono Line); 70 mins walk (6km)
Visitor Information park, open 24/7
Time Required 20 mins
Website https://common3.pref.akita.lg.jp/genkimura/sp/village/detail.html?cid=14&vid=1&id=2530
Location Noshiro, Akita Prefecture
Coordinates 40° 10' 5.52" N, 140° 6' 47.66" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2020
Admin Visits November 12, 2020
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