Yamabe Yakata

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Yamabe-yakata was the fortified manor house of the Yamabe Clan, who formerly governed the area known as Yamabe-gō, "gō (郷)" being a town or collection of villages and hamlets. The village was first built up around the yakata. Yamabe-yakata preceeded Yamabe Castle. The Yamajiro was built later and the yakata was retained as a kyokan and branch fort for a time.

Visit Notes

The former fortified residence of the Yamabe Clan is now Tokūnji ("Benevolent Cloud Temple"). The former yakata site is located at the foot of the western ridge that leads to Yamabe Castle, a yamajiro (mountain castle). There is some hiking to do between the two sites, although the lower reaches of Yamabe Castle reach about half way to the temple, along the western ridge. Before one reaches Yamabe Castle there is a shrine. The temple anyway is nice. It has a signboard which recaps the history of the area and of the temple from medieval times, but doesn't specifically mention the yakata, just that it was at the center of the base of operations of the Yamabe Clan. Yamabe Castle is accessed along the western ridge via the temple's necropolis. The gate between the cemetery and the temple garden has a sign which says "Deer will not be admitted for prayer", and so the gate is kept closed on the latch. The hondō's roof is copper plated, presumably to preserve the thatching underneath.


Castle Profile
English Name Yamabe Yakata
Japanese Name 山家館
Alternate Names 山家氏館
Founder Yamabe Clan
Year Founded 15th century
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Matsumoto Station on the Shinonoi Line; 20 minutes by car (taxi is 3,000yen about). Community buses run infrequently..
Visitor Information 24/7 free; temple
Time Required 15 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 13' 15.74" N, 138° 2' 41.39" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited 2015
Admin Visits October 30, 2015

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