Tsurugawa Yakata

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History

Tsurugawa-yakata is thought to have been the original main residence of the Katō Clan in Tsuru, pre-dating Uenoharajō. That would mean it was probably constructed in the Kamakura period when the Katō took over territory here from 1213 following Wada Yoshimori’s rebellion, displacing the Furugôri Clan. The fortified manor hall site sat on a cliff overlooking the village of Tsurugawa. The Katō Clan aligned with Nagao Kageharu (the Nagao Clan would become the Uesugi Clan) in the 15th century. This led Ôta Dōkan to attack the Katō, and the village and manor hall were burnt down in 1478.


Visit Notes

Tsurugawa-yakata is a medieval fortified manor hall site. I found no ruins, though one blogger has found a depression which looked like a path or a trench. A shukuba (post town) developed here in the Edo period, and the yakata site is now that of a shrine and fields above Tsurugawa-juku. There is also a small kofun (ancient burial mound).


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Gallery
  • Shrine seen from Tsurugawa village
  • Tsurugawa-juku (inn town)
  • Uenoyama Kofun (burial mound)
  • this red gate is relocated from the honjin (main inn) of the Tsurugawa-juku


Castle Profile
English Name Tsurugawa Yakata
Japanese Name 鶴川館
Alternate Names Tsurugawa-toride (鶴川砦)
Founder Katō Clan
Year Founded 1213
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Hori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access The nearest station is Uenohara Station on the Chūō Main Line; it’s possible to reach Tsurugawa-juku in about 40 minutes on foot by following the Old Kōshū Road.
Visitor Information 24/7 free; shrine
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Uenohara, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 38' 1.97" N, 139° 6' 6.48" E
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Contributor ART
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