Himuro-yakata was the fortified residence of a clan in the service of the Nishimaki Clan. It was one of more than a score of fortification sites related to Nishimakijō. Fortification sites in the Azusa area of the former Aźumi County can be divided into three types: yakata (館), or plainsland fortified manor halls; mountaintop forts (山城); and cliff-top forts (崖城). Himuro-yakata, of course, falls into the first group. "Himuro" is an interesting name, and can refer to an icehouse. Himuro is the name of the village; was ice stored here? The site is also called Nakano-yakata (中野館) in some sources, and I am inclined to wonder that this was the clan name. It is located at the edge of the network of fortifications surrounding Nishimakijō, near to Azusabashi, the site of a historic water crossing between the two districts of Aźumi and Chikuma.
The site of Himuro-yakata is now that of a shrine and abandoned rural homestead. Whilst the property is abandoned, I did not want to trespass, and so I have no idea whether I missed any clues about the yakata in the dense foliage there. I report no remains.
|English Name||Himuro Yakata|
|Founder||Nishimaki Clan Vassals|
|Year Founded||Sengoku Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Azusabashi Station on the Ôito Line; 23 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Private Property|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 14' 32.06" N, 137° 54' 16.24" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|