Akazawa Yakata

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There is a marker for this site and the signboard next to it reads to the effect of...

Akazawa-yakata was located to the southwest of the castle mount of Shinagurajō at the foot of the mountain. The residence was built on the flattened central terrace here called O'yashki. Generations of Akazawa clansmen lived here, the Akazawa-yakata being the kyokan (living area) of the fortified mount of Shinagurajō above. On the lower terrace a road ran to Misayama Pass, and from the upper terrace another ran to Shinagura Pass. In 1583 the Akazawa Clan were defeated by the resurgent Ogasawara Clan and fell on their swords. With the clan eliminated the yakata was abandoned thereafter. Remains of a shrine, wells, and the clan temple have been unearthed.

For more detailed information see my profile on Shinagura Castle.

Visit Notes

The site is just terraced fields. I was expecting more proto-modern ishigaki of former mulberry fields but these were just regular ploughed fields with earthen embankments. It was nice to find a marker for the site and and explanatory board, however, on the curving roadside above the site.

  • Site marker and explanation board
  • The Shinagura Pass

Castle Profile
English Name Akazawashi Yakata
Japanese Name 赤沢氏館
Alternate Names 稲倉城主御屋敷館
Founder Akazawa Clan
Year Founded 1335
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Bus from Matsumoto Station
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields / forest
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 17' 30.01" N, 137° 59' 48.19" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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