Arahorinaiki Yashiki


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Arahorinaiki-yashiki was the fortified residence of the Arahori Clan. The Arahori were said to be vassals of the Kinebuchi Clan. The Kinebuchi were in place from the Heian period; they were vassals of the Tobe Clan and fought Kiso Yoshinaka. It appears that the Arahori Clan were also active from the Heian period until the Sengoku period.

The term 'naiki' seems out-of-place here, but this is what one local castle-blogger had to say about it:

"The naiki was a position under the Ritsuryō system, and was responsible for drafting imperial edicts, decrees, and rank registers, as well as keeping records of the emperor's official actions. It is said that this job was reserved for those with good penmanship. The term 'gaiki', as it is often referred to, refers to a position that checked the content of imperial rescripts and other documents issued by the naiki, and was also in charge of executing official ceremonies such as the removal of titles and the anointment of emperors. The task of making records of the emperor's actions, which had originally been the responsibility of the naiki, somehow became the job of the gaiki, and the staff at this office became very busy. The position of naiki was changed from being equal to that of gaiki. After the Heian period (794-1185), the position of naiki declined. It seems to be an unpopular government position for that reason."

Quoted and translated from:

See Kinebuchi Yakata for more info'.

Visit Notes

Arahorinaiki-yashiki is a fortified residence site in the Kinebuchi area of Shinonoi Township, Nagano Municipality, of which no ruins remain.


Castle Profile
English Name Arahorinaiki Yashiki
Japanese Name 荒堀内記屋敷
Founder Arahori Clan
Year Founded Heian Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Nagano Station; rental cycle
Visitor Information 24/7 free; fields
Time Required 10 minutes
Website 88.html
Location Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 34' 33.71" N, 138° 11' 6.29" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
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