Hiraizumi Date

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Yanagi-no-gosho ('Palace of Willows') was the fortified palace of the Ōshū-Fujiwara in their capital, Hiraizumi. Yanagi-no-gosho was built by Fujiwara Kiyohira, founder of the Northern Fujiwara dynasty, in 1100. It was renovated in 1170 and destroyed by Minamoto Yoritomo in 1189 during the Ōshū War.

Visit Notes

Yanagi-no-gosho ('Palace of Willows'), also known as the manor hall of the Ōshū-Fujiwara Clan (Hiraizumi-kyokan), is a large scale fortified residence ruin in Hiraizumi Township in historical Iwai County. Ruins include earthworks such as karabori (dry moats) and dorui (earthen embankments). The site is maintained as a park, and wells and the footprints of buildings dot the fields. There is also a restored landscape garden. According to Furinkazan, there are many explanation panels around the site.

Esashi-Fujiwara Village, which is an architectural park and open-air studio / open set to the north of Hiraizumi, has reconstructions of various Heian period structures and buildings from Tōhoku, including the Yanagi-no-gosho. At the park it is referred to as the Seichō ('government office').

This profile was a team effort, with Furinkazan providing the pictures of the site ruins, and ART providing the text, and pictures of the speculative reconstructions at Esashi-Fujiwara Village.

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  • Information panel at the original site about ruins of a bridge
  • Information panel at the original site about a moat
  • dry moat
  • Excavations at the site
  • information center at the original site
  • moats and embankments
  • the pond
  • emplacement of several buildings
  • a well
  • human waste disposal pit
  • Information panel about the largest building foundations
  • Reconstructions at Esashi-Fujiwara no Sato

Castle Profile
English Name Hiraizumi Date
Japanese Name 平泉館
Alternate Names Yanagi-no-gosho (柳之御所) / Hiraizumi-seichō (平泉政庁) / Ōshū-Fujiwara-shi-yakata (奥州藤原氏館)
Founder Fujiwara Kiyohira
Year Founded 1100
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Karabori, Dorui, &c.
Features gates, trenches, walls
Visitor Information
Access Hiraizumi Station on the Tōhoku Line; 10 minute walk
Visitor Information Reconstruction is at Esashi-Fujiwara Village
Time Required 90 minutes
Location Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture
Coordinates 38° 59' 37.28" N, 141° 7' 10.78" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor Furinkazan
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed
Friends of JCastle
Jōkaku Hōrōki
Kojō Seisuiki

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7 months ago
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I visited Hiraizumi in 2015 and a day later the Esashi Fujiwara village. Both are wonderful sites to bewonder. I didn't know until today(21/12/2023), that these sites were on Jcastle. Adam or ART told me about it on the FB page Japanese Castles. At his request I have uploaded several pictures I took at the original site of Yanaginogosho in Hiraizumi. There isn't that much to see, but there are a lot of explanation panels around the site. I uploaded only 3 of those.


7 months ago
Score 1++
Thank you! I only made the profile recently so it's not been up long. Have modified profile in light of your contributions.


6 months ago
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Thanks guys! Nice team work :)