Fuseyachouja Yakata

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The Fuseya Clan relocated to Suwa from Sonohara in Ina County from around 1200 and inhabited the area up until 1600. It is otherwise said that they were a branch of the Takei Clan (Chikuma County) who served the Suwa Clan. Fuseyachōja-yakata is said to have been the site of their manor hall or residence, and it may have also been the kyokan (residential compound at the foot of a mountaintop castle) of nearby Nakayamajō, a fort built by the Suwa Clan. The Fuseya became wealthy through the control of pastureland on which they reared horses which were sold to warriors, and they also traded iron. Maps from the middle Edo period show the site. It is also held that in the Nanbokuchō period (14th century), this was the site of a residence used by Prince Muneyoshi, the son of Emperor Godaigo, since records also indicate a palace (gosho) here. That is possible since the Suwa served the Southern Court at that time, and the yakata may have been used as a stop-over point by the Southern Court.

Visit Notes

The site of Fuseyachōja-yakata, a fortified manor hall, is now an abandoned farmhouse surrounded by woodland. It sits above a small lake. No ruins remain of fortifications, but the site has apparently left behind much speculation.

This is my 900th castle profile on the site : )

  • Site seen from over a pond between it and Nakayama Castle

Castle Profile
English Name Fuseyachouja Yakata
Japanese Name 伏屋長者館
Alternate Names 伏屋長者屋敷
Founder Suwa Clan; Prince Muneyoshi
Year Founded Kamakura Period; Nanbokuchō Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Fujimi Station on the Chūō Main Line; 22 minute walk
Visitor Information Access Limited
Time Required 20 minutes
Website https://ameblo.jp/eco64am/entry-12469672190.html
Location Fujimi, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 54' 34.16" N, 138° 13' 24.60" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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