Hayashi Kohee Yashiki

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Hayashi-Kohē-yashiki is interesting in that it is a rōnin yashiki, a residence established by samurai who had lost their lords. Hayashi Kohē was a vassal of the Takeda Clan, and the residence is named for he, though it is his son, Hayashi Hikoroku, who is thought to have established the residence after the death of Takeda Katsuyori in 1582. Hayashi-Kohē-yashiki was in Koma County, which was the Hayashi's ancestral land, and Kohē held territory won in Tsuru County. Hikoroku returned the clan to their home county in setting up at Hayashi-Kohē-yashiki. Since at that time the Hayashi had no masters, Takeda Katsuyori having died, the residence is classified as a rōnin yashiki. Most Takeda vassals reverted to farming from 1582, and so it's notable that the Hayashi didn't. And the nearby Tanaka were another clan which became rōnin instead of farmers. The Hayashi-yashiki was surrounded by moats and earthen ramparts.

Visit Notes

Hayashi-Kohē-yashiki is now the site of modern housing and the Kumano Shrine. The ruins survived until relatively recently and were depicted on Edo period maps. A trace of a moat could be discerned on the northwest of the old Hayashi residence, but both the core of the residence and this area has now been developed with modern, box-like housing. To the southeast there is an irrigation channel and this represents the sorry remains of a moat. I noticed some earth banked up around the Kumano Shrine (there are about a dozen Kumano shrines throughout the Kai Basin and I came across three that day alone).


Castle Profile
English Name Hayashi Kohee Yashiki
Japanese Name 林小兵衛屋敷
Founder Hayashi Kohē
Year Founded Late Sengoku Period
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Moat Trace, Dorui
Visitor Information
Access Koikawa Station on the Minobu Line; 15 minute walk
Visitor Information 24/7 free; shrine
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Chūō, Yamanashi Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 36' 12.74" N, 138° 32' 23.46" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor ART
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