Details of who built and inhabited this site are not known. Some posit that it was the residential area of nearby Chikuma Ueda Castle, although it is a little too detached from the castle-mount to properly be that fortification's kyokan (residential annex for castle). And it occured to me that it was possible that the site of an Edo Period temple called Jōanji at the foot of that hill was Uedajō's kyokan anyway.
Hatakenaka-yakata is the ruin of a fortified medieval manor house. I wasn't too thorough in my investigation of the site as my actual destination was the nearby ruins of Chikuma-Uedajō and this site was merely on the way, but if I did miss anything I didn't miss much. What some say are the remains of moats can be found where the road and a water channel now run around a field. It didn't strike me that there were any obvious ruins here though. We might describe this feature as "moat traces". I found no marker for the site either.
|English Name||Hatakenaka Yakata|
|Founder||Tozawa Clan (?)|
|Year Founded||Medieval Times|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Ono Station on the Okaya-Shiojiri Branch Line of the Chuo Main Line; 10 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; farmland|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 3' 7.24" N, 137° 58' 21.97" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|