Ushitate Yakata

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Visit Notes

Of Ushitate-yakata, a medieval fortified manor hall, scant ruins remain, but there is what appears to be dorui (earthen ramparts) surrounding a hall to Yakushi – the site is now a temple – in the south, east and west. The west is naturally defended by elevation, but the earth there seems to have been rammed up in addition to this, though admittedly it’s hard to be sure. The name of the site, 'Cow Hall Hall', is odd because the same character for 'yakata' is repeated twice. Japanese is not my native language so I am hesitant to make any generalisations as to why this may be. However, the 'Cow' part is simple enough, I believe, as it indicates a direction, namely north-northeast. That then is the zodiac beast rather than any corporeal bovine. Ushitate-yakata is exactly north-northeast of the Nishina’s former main residence of Tatenōchi-yakata and so that would make sense enough. Or maybe 'cowshed' is just the old name for the area.

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Castle Profile
English Name Ushitate Yakata
Japanese Name 丑館館
Alternate Names 牛立館
Founder Nishina Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Shinano-Ômachi Station on the Ôito Line; 14 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7; Free; Temple
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Ômachi, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 30' 6.30" N, 137° 52' 5.92" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
Contributor ART
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