Yamada Takanashi Yakata

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The Takanashi-yakata in the village of Yamada, historical Takai County, was the fortified manor hall of Takanashi Takāsa in the late 15th century. The Yamada-Takanashi were a powerful branch clan of the Takanashi Clan. Takanashi-yakata was also protected by Masugatajō (Masugata Castle (Takai)) on the mountain above, and served as the kyokan (residential area) of that castle. In 1484, while Takanashi Takāsa was away on a pilgrimage to Mount Koya, Takanashi Masamori of the main Takanashi branch captured Masugatajō, deposing Takāsa and subjugating the Yamada branch.

Visit Notes

There are several sites of yakata (fortified manor halls) belonging to the Takanashi Clan. This one is in Takayama Village, and the others are in Suzaka Municipality and Nakano Municipality respectively. Of the Yamada-Takanashi-yakata no ruins remain, and the site is now fields and orchards. There were some stone walls and terraces toward the mountain (agricultural in origin), and the western Yamada Shrine (there's another on the eastern side of the village) is adjacent to the site.


Castle Profile
English Name Yamada Takanashi Yakata
Japanese Name 山田高梨館
Founder Takanashi Takāsa
Year Founded 15th Century
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Suzaka Station on the Nagano Line; rent bicycle from education centre opposite station; cycle to Takayama Village
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Takayama, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 41' 18.24" N, 138° 21' 11.77" E
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