Furujou Yakata

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Before large towns developed around huge castles in the Edo period, smaller settlements developed around some larger forts and manor halls of the Sengoku period. Such settlements could be called jōkamura (castle villages) rather than jōkamachi (castle towns). However, one of the first jōkamachi, or large scale castle towns, was Ômachi in Shinano (Ichijōdanijō in Echizen would be another). Ômachi, originally called Nishinasō (Nishina Clan Estates), or Nishina-onkuriya, developed around a cluster of fortified residences of the powerful Nishina Clan. Furujō-yakata was one among these many manor halls, located across the Nōgu River from the town centre on a plateau.

Visit Notes

Several of the yakata in the town centre of Ômachi have been developed over, leaving little ruins, but Furujō-yakata has segments of dorui (earthen ramparts) standing to this day. In the northeast is a corner segment of dorui and a raised platform of earth, now the site of ancestral memorial markers / graves, which may have been used as the base for a defensive structure. There is another small segment of dorui set to the east, projecting out the little, and this may have formed a gate complex. It is believed that a moat wrapped around the hall in the north, east and south - to the west is a cliff. The site today is mostly fields.

'Furujō' simply means 'Old Castle'. This site may also be called Matsuzakifurujō-yakata.

  • Dorui remnants around manor hall site

Castle Profile
English Name Furujou Yakata
Japanese Name 古城館
Alternate Names Matsuzakifurujō-yakata
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; Fields
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Ômachi, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 29' 46.90" N, 137° 51' 55.33" E
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Added to Jcastle 2021
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